Atef’s strange pact in Töte Mich
by Bénédicte Prot
Director-screenwriter Emily Atef, who won acclaim for her first two features, Molly's Way [+see also:
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Co-written, like her two previous films, by Atef and Esther Bernstorff, Töte Mich revolves around a bizarre pact between two strangers.
Since her brother’s death, 15-year-old Adèle (Maria-Victoria Dragus, who was lauded for her supporting role in Haneke’s The White Ribbon [+see also:
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DoP Stéphane Kuthy will start lensing in North Rhine-Westphalia, before the team relocates to Marseilles and continues shooting until November 26.
Töte Mich is produced by Niko Film and Wüste Film West, in co-production with French agency Ciné-Sud Promotion, Swiss company Hugofilm and TV networks WDR and Arte France Cinéma. The project has received backing from the Franco-German Commission.
It will be released in Germany next year through farbfilm.
(Translated from French)
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