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BERLIN 2019 EFM / Sundance 2019

Le Pacte pins its hopes on Monos and System K

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- Alejandro Landes' film will be unveiled at Park City, before participating in the Berlinale's Panorama section, where Renaud Barret's documentary is also due to make its world premiere

Le Pacte pins its hopes on Monos and System K
Monos by Alejandro Landes

The international sales division of the French company Le Pacte, run by Jean Labadie, will be in attendance at Sundance Film Festival (24 January to 3 February) and the European Film Market at the 69th Berlin Film Festival (7 to 17 February) with Alejandro Landes' Monos [+see also:
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, which is due to make its world premiere on Saturday in Park City, before participating in the Panorama section at the Berlinale.

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Noticed at Cannes Directors' Fortnight in 2011 with his first feature, Porfirio [+see also:
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, the Colombian-Ecuadorian filmmaker wrote the screenplay for his latest film with Alexis Dos Santos, which focuses on a ragtag gang of child soldiers, brandishing guns and sporting war names such as Rambo, Wolf, Lady, and Bigfoot, and occupying a derelict ruin atop a remote mountain where they train, watch over their milk cow, and hold a kidnapped American engineer called Doctora (Julianne Nicholson) hostage. But after an attack forces them to abandon their base, playtime is soon over for the young motley crew. The film's score was written by the English composer Mica Levi (nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Jackie [+see also:
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), while the Dutchman Jasper Wolf was responsible for photography. Produced by the Colombian outfit Stela Cine, the feature film was co-produced by the Netherlands (Lemming Film), Argentina (Campo Cine), Germany (Pandora), Denmark (SnowGlobe), Sweden (Film i Väst), Uruguay (Mutante Cine), Switzerland (Bord Cadre Films) and EFD Colombia.

Le Pacte will also be in attendance at the Berlinale with a second film entitled System K [+see also:
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by Renaud Barret – a documentary in world premiere. Co-director of Benda Bilili! [+see also:
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– which opened Cannes Directors' Fortnight in 2010 – the filmmaker once again plunges into the heart of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In an urban jungle with a population of over 13 million inhabitants, an eclectic and bubbling street art scene is emerging amid social and political chaos. Underground visual artists, musicians and performers create something out of nothing, using recycled objects and their own bodies to express their anger, but also their desire for change, despite constant harassment from the authorities and the strong taboos of a traditional society... Discovered at the project stage during the Coproduction Village at Les Arcs Film Festival, the documentary was produced by La Belle Kinoise and Les Films en Vrac.

At the European Film Market, Camille Neel's Le Pacte sales team will also be showcasing the documentary Phil Tippet: Mad Dreams and Monsters by the French duo Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet, a portrait of the multifaceted American artist who has previously won Oscars for his work on visual effects in Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park, and the creator of unforgettable creatures such as Jabba the Hutt, having also worked for Paul Verhoeven and Joe Dante, among others. The film was produced by Frenetic Arts.

At the Berlin market, Le Pacte will also be screening the documentary Santiago, Italia [+see also:
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by Nanni Moretti (discovered at Turin Film Festival), Father and Sons [+see also:
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by Félix Moati, which is receiving a lot of buzz, My Polish Honeymoon [+see also:
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by Elise Otzenberger, Keep Going [+see also:
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by Joachim Lafosse and An Impossible Love [+see also:
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by Catherine Corsini. It will also be opening pre-sales on Yves by Benoît Forgeart (which is in post-production - read the article here).

(Translated from French)

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