Le Pacte has high hopes for Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle at the EFM
- The French sales agent will be unveiling a promo-reel for Arthur Harari’s film at Berlin as well as kicking off pre-sales for Tokyo Shaking
While the international sales division of Paris-based company Le Pacte (managed by Jean Labadie) will most assuredly be striking some lucrative deals at the European Film Market at the 70th Berlinale (20 February-1 March) thanks to the two market screenings for Jean-Paul Salomé’s Mama Weed [+see also:
film profile] (toplined by Isabelle Huppert), the team headed up by Camille Neel will also be looking to the future, particularly with the exciting Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle by France’s Arthur Harari.
Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, which is currently in post-production and is the second feature by the filmmaker, following the acclaimed Dark Inclusion [+see also:
interview: Arthur Harari
film profile] (nominated for the César Award for Best First Film in 2017, and which earned Niels Schneider the César Award for Most Promising Actor), will be pre-sold at Berlin based on a promo-reel. The story, written by the director together with Vincent Poymiro, kicks off in Japan in 1944. Trained for intelligence work, 22-year-old Hiroo Onoda discovers a philosophy that runs contrary to the official guidelines: no suicide, stay alive whatever happens, and the mission is more important than anything else. Sent to Lubang, a small island in the Philippines where the Americans are about to land, his role will be to wage a guerrilla war until the return of the Japanese troops. The Empire will surrender soon after, and Onoda 10,000 days later. Starring Yuya Endo, Yuya Matsuura and Shinsuke Kato, among others, the film (which has been shot in Japanese) was staged by France, via bathysphere (Nicolas Anthomé), and was co-produced by To Be Continued and Arte France Cinéma, Germany’s Pandora, Belgium’s Frakas, Italy’s Ascent Film and Rai Cinema, and Japan’s Chipangu. It was supported by Eurimages, the CNC’s World Cinema Support, the French-German Mini-coproduction Treaty, Canal+, Ciné+, NRW, Belgacom, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, among other institutions.
At the EFM, Le Pacte will also be getting started with the pre-sales for Tokyo Shaking by Olivier Peyon (which is currently being filmed, toplined by Karin Viard – see the article).
A promo-reel will also be shown for Atomic Summer by Gaël Lépingle, a French feature debut (also produced by bathysphere) now in post-production, and starring Shaïn Boumedine (Mektoub, My Love [+see also:
film profile]), Carmen Kassovitz, Théo Augier, Constantin Vidal and Manon Valentin. The plot revolves around Victor, who is in his early twenties, works at the local town hall and lives with his girlfriend Charlotte, who is expecting their first child. But then there is an incident at the nearby power plant…
Another market screening worth mentioning among those being organised by Le Pacte at Berlin is that of Citizens of the World by Italy’s Gianni di Gregorio.
(Translated from French)
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