Major assets in Wide House’s line-up for Venice and Toronto
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French documentary sales company launches Living the Light – Robby Müller and Freedom Fields at Venice and Toronto
Currently in action at the 75th Venice Film Festival – where the Dutch title Living the Light - Robby Müller [+see also:
film profile] by Claire Pijman is due to be screened today in official selection in the Venice Classics programme – the French international sales company Wide House, specialising in documentaries and managed by Anaïs Clanet, is due to head to the 43rd Toronto Film Festival (from 6 to 16 September), where it will negotiate with Freedom Fields by Naziha Arebi, due to world premiere in the TIFF Docs section.
Including testimonials from Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch (who also co-wrote the music for the film),Living the Light - Robby Müller, which was produced by Moondocs (in co-production with Chromosom Filmproduktion and Stichting Docu Shot), mixes extracts from feature films worked on by the famous director of photography Robby Müller, who disappeared last July (and whose filmography includes Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dead Man, Down by Law, Barfly, 24 Hour Party People [+see also:
film profile] and Paris, Texas), as well as videos and personal photographs shot and taken by him during his career.
Freedom Fields by Naziha Arebi is the first feature-length documentary made by a Libyan filmmaker (and British and back in her native country). Filmed over the course of five years, Freedom Fields follows three women and their football team in post-revolutionary Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. Through the eyes of these accidental activists, we see the reality of a country in transition, where the personal stories of love and aspirations collide with history. The SDI Productions and HuNa Productions film has partnered with Libya, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States, Qatar, Lebanon and Canada.
At Toronto, Wide House will also focus on four additional documentaries in its line-up. The first being the British title Prophecy by Charlie Paul (a Mackenzie Studio production), which delves deep into the creative process behind the monumental eponymous painting by Peter Howson.
The Norwegian film The Men's Hall by director duo Petter Sommer & Jo Vemund Svendsen also stands out. A Fuglene production, the documentary focuses on the lifelong friendships of a group of 25 men, tattooed tough guys, who spend time together each week away from their families.
In Renzo Piano, the Architect of Light [+see also:
interview: Carlos Saura
film profile], famous Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura ponders the relationship between architecture and cinema with the equally famous Italian architect Renzo Piano, focusing on the gigantic Botín Center in Santander in particular. A documentary produced by Morena Films.
Finally, Dream Away [+see also:
film profile] by Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke, a Monokel production in association with Egypt and Germany, immerses itself, against a background of lost paradise, in the wake of young Egyptians working in the Sharm el-Sheikh seaside resort – deserted by tourists after a terrorist attack – who are left wondering about their future and their identity.
(Translated from French)
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