Le Pacte pins its hopes on Atomic Summer and on Just Like A Woman at Cannes Online
- The market premieres of Gaël Lépingle and Amro Hamzawi’s works shine bright in a line-up which will also provide sneak-peeks of Arthur Harari and Olivier Peyon’s feature films in post-production
Young, French talent is being showcased by the international sales division of the Parisian firm Le Pacte (steered by Jean Labadie) with two premières scheduled for the Cannes Film Festival’s Online Marché du Film (running 22-26 June).
Chiefly set to be unveiled to buyers is Atomic Summer, the first feature film coming courtesy of Gaël Lépingle, described by its producer Nicolas Anthomé as a mix between a teen movie and a catastrophe film. The cast stars Shaïn Boumedine (Mektoub My Love : Canto Uno [+see also:
film profile] and Mektoub My Love : Intermezzo [+see also:
film profile]), Carmen Kassovitz, Théo Augier, Constantin Vidal and Manon Valentin. Written by the director in league with Pierre Chosson, the story centres around Victor, who’s around twenty years of age. He works for the town council and lives with girlfriend Charlotte, with whom he’s expecting a baby. When an accident takes place in the neighbouring nuclear power plant, he finds himself confined in a farm with his old village friends, despite the fact they should have evacuated the area. As the rain falls menacingly, they watch and wait for the radioactive cloud to pass. In the space of 24 hours, all their certainties will be overturned… Produced by bathysphère, Atomic Summer has been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and is supported by the Grand Est region. French distribution will be managed directly by Le Pacte.
The Marché du Film Online will also see Le Pacte pressing on with presales, based on promo reels, of the highly awaited Onoda – 10 000 Nights in the Jungle by Arthur Harari (news - which Le Pacte will distribute itself in France) and of the French-Belgian co-production Tokyo Shaking by Olivier Peyon (toplined by Karin Viard – article – French distribution: Wild Bunch).
Likewise worth a mention in the line-up is Citizens of the World [+see also:
film profile] by Italy’s Gianni di Gregorio, and a film that’s already achieved excellent pre-sales results Mama Weed [+see also:
film profile], by Jean-Paul Salomé (starring Isabelle Huppert in a lead role) - two films which Le Pacte will launch in French cinemas on 26 August and 9 September respectively - not to mention a market screening of Lourdes [+see also:
film profile] by the duo composed of Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai (nominated at the 2020 Césars and at the Lumières Awards in the category of Best Documentary, and attracting 216,000 admissions in France).
(Translated from French)
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