An ambitious Toronto line-up for MK2 Films
by Fabien Lemercier
- The firm’s slate is spearheaded by Stéphane Brizé, Olivier Assayas, and duo Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, but also features eight upcoming titles
Managed by Juliette Schrameck, MK2 Films will land at the Toronto Film Festival (8-18 September 2016) on Thursday with her team of international sales agents headed up by Fionnuala Jamison, and a line-up of 17 titles that look set to generate some great business. Buyers will get privileged private screenings of A Woman’s Life [+see also:
Q&A: Stéphane Brizé
film profile] by Stéphane Brizé (which will have its official world premiere this afternoon in competition at Venice) and the French-Belgian production Lost in Paris [+see also:
film profile] by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (read the article), which has just been unveiled and received an enthusiastic welcome from critics at the Telluride Film Festival.
Two Cannes titles are also being showcased at Toronto: Personal Shopper [+see also:
interview: Artemio Benki
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile] by Olivier Assayas (which won the Best Director Award on the Croisette – set to be released in France on 14 December via Les Films du Losange) will be presented in the Masters section, while Harmonium [+see also:
film profile] by Japan’s Kôji Fukada (revealed in Un Certain Regard) will be screened in the Special Presentations programme.
The assortment of upcoming films on the company’s slate is also particularly well stocked, including Château by Modi Barry and Cédric Ido, which has just wrapped shooting (read the article), and two features that are just about to start filming: Look Up by Italian director Fulvio Risuleo (read the news) and A Season in France by Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Special Jury Prize at the 2004 Venice Film Festival with Daratt – Dry Season [+see also:
film profile], Jury Prize at Cannes in 2010 with A Screaming Man [+see also:
film profile] and in competition on the Croisette in 2013 with Grigris [+see also:
film profile]), which will see Eriq Ebouanay, Sandrine Bonnaire and Bibi Tanga among the cast.
Standing out in pre-production are The Nature of Time by Karim Moussaoui (who turned a lot of heads with his medium-length film The Days Before; the director is now tackling a project developed at the Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation Residency, which should start shooting in December), The House by the Sea by Robert Guédiguian (the shoot for which will begin in November, and which is a chamber piece set in Marseille, starring Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan, Anaïs Demoustier and Robinson Stévenin), Mrs Hyde by Serge Bozon (a loose adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic starring Isabelle Huppert, José Garcia and Romain Duris – read the news), P.E.A.R.L by Elsa Amiel (starring Mathieu Amalric and Peter Mullan – a project staged by Unité de Production with Bande à Part) and the documentary Faithfull by Sandrine Bonnaire, which will take a look back at the stormy career of British singer Marianne Faithfull.
MK2’s line-up also includes movies in post-production, such as If You Saw His Heart by Joan Chemla (read the article – toplined by Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal and Marine Vacth) and M by and starring Sara Forestier (read the article). And among the ranks of the finished films, we should highlight the comedy-drama The Fabulous Patars by Sophie Reine (which will be out in France on 14 December, starring Gustave Kervern and Camille Cottin).
Lastly of note is the fact that this jam-packed line-up also includes two titles from the firm’s back catalogue, with L'Argent by Robert Bresson (screened in the Venezia Classici section) and Irma Vep by Olivier Assayas (selected in TIFF Cinematheque).
(Translated from French)