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BERLIN 2019 EFM

Doc & Film’s Berlin line-up includes Midnight Traveler and Of Men

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- The company’s line-up boasts Hassan Fazili’s documentary awarded at Sundance and set to screen in Berlinale's Panorama, as well as Lucas Belvaux’s upcoming film and four titles in post-production

Doc & Film’s Berlin line-up includes Midnight Traveler and Of Men
Midnight Traveler by Hassan Fazili

When it comes to the European Film Market of the 69th Berlinale (from 7 to 17 February), French sales company Doc & Film International will no doubt by showcasing Afghan Hassan Fazili’s documentary Midnight Traveler [+see also:
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, which won the special jury prize at Sundance (produced by the USA, Qatar, the UK and Canada), and is due to be screened in the Panorama section at Berlin. But the team, run by Daniela Elstner, also has its eye on the future. 

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The company’s line-up also includes Of Men by Belgian director Lucas Belvaux, with filming slated to start this spring. The film stars Gérard Depardieu (nominated for an Oscar in 1991 for Best Actor, winner of the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 1990 and at Venice in 1985 and nominated 17 times for a César Award for Best Actor, winning the award twice. Depardieu is also due to start filming C’est extra and will be seen in Convoi exceptionnel in March), Catherine Frot (winner of a César Award in 2016 for Best Actress for Marguerite [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Giannoli
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and nominated six additional times between 2000 and 2013, in cinemas on 20 March in Qui m’aime me suive !), Yoann Zimmer (Savage [+see also:
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) and Félix Kysyl (Lover for a Day [+see also:
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, Redoutable [+see also:
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Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius
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). This marks the filmmaker’s 11th feature after his 2002 trilogy (An Amazing Couple [+see also:
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, After Life [+see also:
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and On the Run [+see also:
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), The Right of the Weakest [+see also:
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(in competition at Cannes in 2006), Rapt [+see also:
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interview: Lucas Belvaux
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(2009), 38 Witnesses [+see also:
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(Rotterdam 2012), Not My Type [+see also:
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interview: Lucas Belvaux
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(2014) and This is Our Land [+see also:
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(2017). Of Men is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Laurent Mauvignier. Set in Burgundy, France in 2003. Solange's 60th birthday party is interrupted by her estranged brother, Feu-de-Bois. His outburst brings back painful memories: the untold stories of a generation marked by the Algerian war. Production will be handled by the Parisian company Synecdoche with the Belgian outfit Artémis in co-production. 

Doc & Film will also be focusing on four films in post-production: Two of Us by Filippo Meneghetti and Blind Spot [+see also:
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by Patrick-Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic, both which have been slated for release in 2019. While the Italian-French post-apocalyptic film Last Words by Jonathan Nossiter (starring Nick Nolte, Charlotte Rampling, Alba Rohrwacher, Stellan Skarsgard and Valeria Golino) and the American documentary House of Cardin by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes (which focuses on the success of hte infamous French tailor Pierre Cardin) will be ready in the autumn.

Market screenings include Whatever Happened to My Revolution [+see also:
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by Judith Davis (winner of the Jury Valois Award at the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival, which hits French screens today), Saf [+see also:
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interview: Ali Vatansever
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by the Turkish director Ali Vatansever (appreciated at Toronto)and Slam [+see also:
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interview: Partho Sen-Gupta
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by Partho Sen-Gupta (a co-production between Australia and France, which premiered at the Black Nights Festival in Tallinn).

(Translated from French)

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