Les Films du Losange pins its hopes on Hellhole
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French company will be selling Bas Devos's latest film, selected for Berlin’s Panorama section, as well as the forthcoming films by Balibar, Weisse, Micheli, Harrison, Salhab and Armanet
As part of its seven-film line-up, the international Parisian sales company, Les Films du Losange (managed by Margaret Ménégoz) will be pinning its hopes on Hellhole [+see also:
film profile] by Belgium's Bas Devos at the 69th Berlinale (from February 7 to 17) European Film Market, which is due to make its world premiere on the 8 February in the Panorama section.
A film about three characters, each confronted by personal difficulties in modern-day Brussels, the filmmaker's second feature film (after winning the Grand Prix in the Generation 14 section at Berlin in 2014 with his first film, Violet [+see also:
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Run by Alice Lesort, Les Films du Losange will also be showcasing a teaser for Jeanne Balibar's marvellous comedy (currently in post-production) Wonders in the Suburbs (read the article, with the director also starring in the cast alongside Ramzy Bédia, Emmanuelle Béart, Mathieu Amalric, Bulle Ogier, Florence Loiret-Caille, Philippe Katerine, Valerie Dreville and Anthony Bajon).
The company will also be touching down at the market with a teaser for The Audition by the German director Ina Weisse, which is currently in post-production and stars Nina Hoss (Best Actress at Berlin in 2007 for Yella [+see also:
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film profile] and the TV series, Homeland), the French actors Simon Abkarian, Serafin Mishiev and Ilja Monti and the Danish actor Jens Albinus. Written by the director with Daphne Charizani, the screenplay focuses on a violin teacher who takes a young talented boy under her wing, whom she fixates on to the point of forgetting everything else, including her own family... The feature film was produced by the German company Lupa Film and co-produced by the French outfit Idéale Audience.
Three other titles in post-production also feature in the company’s line-up: the Belgian-French production Lola by Laurent Micheli (article - starring Benoît Magimel ), Les Particles by Blaise Harrison (news) and The River by the Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab (appreciated at Toronto in 2010 with The Moutain and at the 2015 Berlinale with The Valley [+see also:
Finally, Les Films du Losange will also be showcasing a musical documentary currently in production: Oh Les Filles! by François Armanet (noticed in the Panorama section at the Berlinale in 2002 with Dandy). This Incognita Films production hashes out the history of bunch of female French rock stars over a number of decades, from 1960s pop icons to big names in the social media era, as well as a few 1970s rebels along the way, focusing in particular on the likes of Françoise Hardy, Catherine Ringer, Christine and the Queens, Vanessa Paradis, Brigitte Fontaine and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
(Translated from French)
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