The Match Factory sets out stall for EFM, including five competition titles
At Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM), stand number 30 at the Martin Gropius Bau promises to be well-stocked. There, German seller The Match Factory will be proposing five films selected in competition and several other promising titles to buyers from across the world.
The Golden Bear contenders sold by Michael Weber’s team include German director Andres Veiel’s If Not Us, Who? [+see also:
film profile], in which August Diehl and Susanne Lothar play 1960s activist couple Bernward Vesper and Gudrun Ensslin; Ulrich Köhler’s German/French/Dutch co-production Sleeping Sickness [+see also:
interview: Ulrich Kohler
film profile], in which a man has to choose between his life in Africa and the woman he loves; Miranda July’s German/US title The Future, which looks at how a couple of 30-year-olds take in a cat and see their relationship tested by this change; Turkish director Seyfi Teoman’s Our Grand Despair (co-produced with Germany and the Netherlands), in which two young men fall in love with their new flatmate; Rodrigo Moreno’s German/Argentinean/Uruguayan co-production A Mysterious World, in which a man wanders about the city after his girlfriend has just left him.
In the Panorama Special section, it isn’t difficult or thwarted love but impossible love which is explored in Gustavo Taretto’s Argentinean/German/Spanish title Sidewalls, for in the big city people live very close to each other but may never cross paths. Among the Panorama documentaries, The Match Factory is selling the rights to Mantas Kvedaravicius’s Finnish/Lithuanian title Barzakh. In the Forum section, Hugo Vieira da Silva takes an outsider’s look at the city of Berlin in Swans.
At the market, the sales company will also present Tom Tykwer’s latest film, Three [+see also:
film profile]; Miraz Bezar’s Kurdish title The Children of Diyarbakir, which won an award at San Sebastian; and French director Géraldine Bajard’s The Edge [+see also:
film profile], selected at the latest Locarno Film Festival.
(Translated from French)
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