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Appealing new titles for mk2 Films at the online AFM

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- New to the lineup are Petite maman by Céline Sciamma, Costa Brava, Lebanon by Mounia Akl, Silver Star by Ruben Amar and The Good Boss by Fernando León de Aranoa

Appealing new titles for mk2 Films at the online AFM
Director Céline Sciamma (© Claire Mathon)

In action at the American Film Market (online from 9 to 13 November), the international sales team of mk2 Films, lead by Fionnuala Jamison, has added four new titles to its lineup.

On display stands out Petite Maman [+see also:
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by Céline Sciamma, shooting in the Paris region until 4 December. This 5th feature from the director after Water Lilies [+see also:
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(Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2007), Tomboy [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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(Panorama of the 2011 Berlinale), Girlhood [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
interview: Céline Sciamma
film profile
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(Directors’ Fortnight 2014) and Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
film profile
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(best screenplay award at Cannes 2019), its main characters are two 8 year old children (in a plot still kept secret) and can count on Claire Mathon as its director of photography. Produced by Bénédicte Couvreur for Lilies Films, co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and also pre-bought by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film will be distributed in France by Pyramide.

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mk2 Films has begun its presales for Costa Brava, Lebanon, the first feature film from Lebanese filmmaker Mounia Akl who is about to start shooting (until the end of December) in her country, with notably in the cast her compatriot Nadine Labaki. Co-written by the director with Spanish screenwriter Clara Roquet, the screenplay centres on the Badri family who lives in idyllic isolation in the Lebanese mountains, away from the rest of the country which has been sinking in rubbish and pollution for the past 10 years. But when the government finally finds a solution, it isn’t good news for the Badris: a big landfill will be built right next to their land. While the waste of an entire country piles up at their door, hidden tensions within the family emerge and make the Badris realise that decomposition wasn’t only occurring outside their walls, but also deep within their home… Produced by Myriam Sassine and Georges Schoucair for the Lebanese structure Abbout Productions, Costa Brava, Lebanon is co-produced by the French of Cinéma Defacto, the Danish of Snowglobe Films, the Norwegians of Barentsfilm, the Swedish of Fox In The Snow and the Spanish of Lastor Media, in association with the Parisian company Gaïjin.

Also added to the lineup is Silver Star from French filmmaker Ruben Amar (Swim Little Fish Swim [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis
film profile
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) which will start shooting in early 2021 with American actress Sydney Sweeney in the cast. A road movie set in the United States à la Bonnie and Clyde, the film will be produced by Les Films de la Fusée with their compatriots of Virginie Films and the New Yorkers of The Community.

At the online AFM, mk2 Films has also got off to a flying start with sales of the Spanish feature currently shooting The Good Boss, by Fernando León de Aranoa with Javier Bardem headlining, while continuing to work on two features that just entered post-production, namely The Worst Person in the World by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier (read the news) and The Young Lovers by French filmmaker Carine Tardieu (read the article), as well as on the animation projet The Inventor (about the life of Leonardo da Vinci) by Jim Capobianco.

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(Translated from French)

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