Julie Gavras’s Late Bloomers in official selection
by Fabien Lemercier
French/UK/Belgian co-production Late Bloomers [+see also:
interview: Julie Gavras
film profile], the second feature by Julie Gavras, will have its world premiere at the 61st Berlin Film Festival (February 10-20, 2011) as a gala screening in the Berlinale Special programme in official selection.
Starring Isabella Rossellini, William Hurt, Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow, this romantic comedy (see news) centres on the difficulties of a couple faced with growing old together. Produced by Sylvie Pialat for Les Films du Worso (who also backed the director’s debut feature: Blame It On Fidel! [+see also:
film profile]), the title was co-produced by UK company The Bureau, Belgium’s BE Films and Gaumont. The latter will release the film in France in May and is handling international sales.
Late Bloomers completes the French contingent at Berlin, joining in official selection Michel Ocelot’s 3D animated film Tales of the Night [+see also:
interview: Michel Ocelot
film profile] (the only 100% French title in competition – co-production between Nord-Ouest Films, Studio O and StudioCanal, with the latter handling international sales); and Philippe Le Guay’s Service Entrance [+see also:
film profile], which will screen out of competition (Vendôme Productions, co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and SND, with the latter managing sales).
Also in competition are three minority French co-productions: Hungarian director Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse [+see also:
interview: Béla Tarr
film profile] (co-produced by MPM Film – see news); Prize [+see also:
film profile] by Mexico’s Paula Markovitch (co-produced by Mille et Une Productions, sold by Umedia); and Sleeping Sickness by Germany’s Ulrich Köhler (co-produced by Why Not Productions). Added to these are two co-productions screening out of competition in official selection: Unknown [+see also:
film profile] by Spain’s Jaume Collet-Serra (co-produced by StudioCanal); and Pina [+see also:
interview: Wim Wenders
film profile] by Germany’s Wim Wenders (co-produced by Eurowide Film Production).
(Translated from French)
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