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Indie Sales plays a few trump cards at Berlin


- There will be six market premieres at the EFM for the French sales agent, plus six films in post-production, including Emmanuel Mouret’s Mademoiselle de Joncquières

Indie Sales plays a few trump cards at Berlin
Director Emmanuel Mouret

French international sales agent Indie Sales’ line-up for the European Film Market at the 68th Berlin Film Festival (15-25 February) features 12 very eclectic titles. The team managed by Nicolas Eschbach (with the help of Clémentine Hugot) will be pre-selling Mademoiselle de Joncquières by Emmanuel Mouret (see the article – starring Cécile de FranceEdouard BaerAlice Isaaz and Laure Calamy) based on its screenplay. The movie is currently in post-production, and the initial rumours circulating about it are very positive. 

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Also standing out on the slate of titles in post-production is the animated film Another Day of Life by Raúl de La Fuente (co-produced by Poland, Spain, the Benelux, Germany and Hungary), which is set in Angola in 1975 and follows the trail of Polish international correspondent Ryszard Kapuscinski. The movie will be pre-sold based on its trailer, and its profile makes it a perfect candidate for the forthcoming festival deadlines, just like Mother’s Instinct by Belgium’s Olivier Masset-Depasse (see the article – starring Veerle Baetens and Anne Coesens), which is also in post-production and will be touted based on its script.

Furthermore, Paris Pigalle by France’s Cédric Anger (see the article – toplined by Guillaume Canet and Gilles Lellouche) will be pre-sold based on a promo reel, and there will be a new teaser for Romulus and Remus, The First King by Italy’s Matteo Rovere (see the article). Lastly, the films in post-production include Tel Aviv on Fire by Sameh Zoabi (whose cast includes Kais NashefLubna Azabal and Maisa Abd Elhadi), an offbeat comedy that hinges on the writing of a hugely popular TV soap, with an ad hoc collaboration between an intimidating checkpoint chief and an ambitious Palestinian who works on the show. Production duties are being handled by Luxembourg’s Samsa Films, with France’s TS Productions, Israel’s Lama Films and Belgium’s Artémis Productions.

At the EFM, Indie Sales will also have high hopes for six market premieres, with Let the Girls Play by Julien Hallard (see the article), When Margaux Meets Margaux by Sophie Fillières (see the article – starring Sandrine KiberlainAgathe Bonitzer and Melvil Poupaud), Gangsta [+see also:
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 by Italy’s Gabriele Muccino, which will be distributed in Italian theatres from 14 February, One Step Behind the Seraphim [+see also:
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 by Romania’s Daniel Sandu and the documentary America by Claus Drexel (produced by Paris-based outfit Gloria Films).

(Translated from French)

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