Be For Films touting the Directors’ Fortnight-selected Tlamess
by Aurore Engelen
- The subsidiary of French group Playtime, founded in Brussels five years ago, will be at Cannes to promote the new film by Tunisia’s Ala Eddine Slim, among others
Tlamess [+see also:
interview: Ala Eddine Slim
film profile], which is being sold internationally by Brussels-based outfit Be For Films, is the second feature by Tunisian director Ala Eddine Slim, whose feature debut, The Last of Us, took home two awards from the 2016 Venice Film Festival. The film tells the story of S, a young soldier in the Tunisian desert. When his mother dies, he gets a week’s leave and goes back home. But he never returns to the barracks and becomes the target of a manhunt through the backstreets of his working-class neighbourhood, before vanishing into the mountains. Several years later, a young woman married to a rich businessman finds out that she’s pregnant. One morning, she disappears into the forest… The movie was produced by Exit Productions (Tunisia) and Still Moving (France).
Five years ago, Pamela Leu moved to Brussels to start running Be For Films, a new player in the international sales market and the Belgian subsidiary of French firm Playtime. Buoyed by a catalogue that includes myriad movies screened at a range of festivals, Be For Films champions arthouse films hailing from many different backgrounds.
The company will also be presenting Stars by the Pound by France’s Marie-Sophie Chambon (see the news) at Cannes, where it will be part of the Cannes Ecrans Junior programme. The firm will also be organising market screenings for Victor & Célia [+see also:
film profile] by Pierre Jolivet, Escapada [+see also:
interview: Sarah Hirtt
film profile], the feature debut by young Belgian director Sarah Hirtt, The Best of Dorien B. [+see also:
interview: Anke Blondé
film profile], another feature debut by Belgian helmer Anke Blonde, and the Belgian documentary My Name is Clitoris by Daphné Leblond and Lisa Billuart-Monet.
In the coming months, Be For Films will be handling the international sales of Tench by Patrice Toye, the very first images of which will be shown at the market, as well as those of Just Kids by Christophe Blanc (see the news), and the Belgian films The Barefoot Emperor [+see also:
film profile] by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, Working Girls by Frédéric Fonteyne (see the news), Cleo by Eva Cools, and Les Châtelains by Vero Cratzborn (see the news).
(Translated from French)
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