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BERLINALE 2020 EFM

Be For Films to pin its hopes on Mare in the Berlinale’s Panorama line-up

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- The group helmed by Pamela Leu is selling Swiss director Andrea Štaka’s new work, the front-runner in a hefty line-up which includes Elie Wajeman, Ève Deboise and Éric Gravel’s latest offerings

Be For Films to pin its hopes on Mare in the Berlinale’s Panorama line-up
Mare by Andrea Štaka

The European Film Market - set to unfold at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (running 20 February to 1 March) - is shaping up to be an especially busy one for international sales firm Be For Films, the Belgian subsidiary of the French group Playtime, helmed by Pamela Leu, who will be negotiating on behalf of 16 screening or upcoming titles. Standing tall amongst them is Mare [+see also:
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 by Switzerland’s Andrea Štaka (who was honoured with the Golden Leopard for Fräulein [+see also:
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in Locarno 2006, where she also competed in 2014 with Cure – The Life of Another [+see also:
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) which will enjoy its world premiere in the Panorama section.

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Written by the director herself (also the co-author of Mary Queen of Scots [+see also:
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), the story revolves around Mare, who has never travelled by aeroplane despite living right next-door to the airport with her husband and their three teenage children. She loves her family and takes care of them, but at times she feels like a stranger in her own home. Who are these people with whom she is sharing her life? Mare catches herself gazing at the planes overhead, longing for change and craving the unknown. When a young man moves into the house next-door, she decides to put her life to the test… Starring Marija Škaričić (the European Film Promotion’s Shooting Star of 2011, who also headlined Andrea Štaka’s two earlier films and garnered acclaim in Mother of Asphalt [+see also:
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and The Priest’s Children [+see also:
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), Goran Navojec, Mateusz Kościukiewicz and Mirjana Karanović, Mare was produced by Thomas Imbach and by the filmmaker herself on behalf of the Swiss outfit Okofilm Productions, and by Tena Gojić for Croatian firm Dinaridi.

The Be For Films line-up also includes three French films to be followed very closely: Médecin de nuit by Elie Wajeman (starring Vincent Macaigne, Sara Giraudeau and Pio Marmaï – read our article), which has just entered into post-production, Petite leçon d’amour by Ève Deboise (with Laetitia Dosch and Pierre Deladonchamps at the head of the cast – news), which is close to wrapping filming, and Être en mouvement by Éric Gravel (who made a name for himself in 2017 with his first feature Crash Test Aglaé [+see also:
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), which will commence filming in April with Laure Calamy playing the lead.

In the category of feature films set to enjoy their market premieres at a later date we find Just Kids by France’s Christophe Blanc (article – due to be released in France on 22 April), Into Dad’s Woods by Belgian director Vero Cratzborn (hitting French cinemas on 27 May) and The Last Tempation of Belgians by her compatriot Jan Bucquoy.

Back in Berlin, meanwhile, Be For Films will be organising market screenings for titles recently selected for Rotterdam (Working Girls [+see also:
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by the duo Anne Paulicévich - Frédéric Fonteyne, Tench [+see also:
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by Patrick Toye and Cleo [+see also:
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by Eva Cools), Venice (The End of Love [+see also:
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by Keren Ben Rafael), Toronto (The Barefoot Emperor [+see also:
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by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens) and even Tokyo (Towards The Battle by Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux), without forgetting Kuessipan by Canada’s Myriam Verreault and the French documentary Little Ballerinas by Anne-Claire Dolivet.

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(Translated from French)

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