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BERLINALE 2022 EFM

Best Friend Forever to lay siege to Berlin armed with Bertrand Bonello’s latest offering

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- The sales agent is tackling this year’s Berlinale with the French director’s newest movie, the tantalising Coma

Best Friend Forever to lay siege to Berlin armed with Bertrand Bonello’s latest offering
Coma by Bertrand Bonello

Best Friend Forever are limbering up to take part in the European Film Market, which is unspooling online from 10 to 17 February, as part of the 72nd Berlinale. The international sales agent based in Brussels has added another prestigious author to its catalogue, in the form of Bertrand Bonello and his latest work Coma [+see also:
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]
, which is a hybrid project blending live action shots, animation and social media videos. Due to be presented within the Encounters competition, the film plunges viewers inside the mind of a young woman confined to her bedroom who only understands the world though screens. She navigates from window to window and from one media form to another, guided by a mysterious female YouTuber. The cast stars Louise Labeque (previously seen in the filmmaker’s earlier opus Zombi Child [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Bonello
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]
) and Julia Faure (Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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), alongside the voices of the late Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Anaïs Demoustier and Vincent Lacoste. Produced by French firms Les Films du Bélier, My New Picture and Remembers Production, the movie will be distributed in France by New Story.

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Best Friend Forever will also be throwing its weight behind another new title, The Island [+see also:
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, which is a contemporary re-reading of the Robinson Crusoe story, coming courtesy of Romanian animated films director Anca Damian ( Marona’s Fantastic Tale [+see also:
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]
, The Magic Mountain [+see also:
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]
, Crulic – The Path to Beyond [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Anca Damian
film profile
]
). This movie was presented in a premiere in Rotterdam a few days ago, within the Big Screen competition.

Best Friend Forever will also be flaunting an attractive French line-up, including A Change of Heart, a first feature film by actor Jérémie Elkaïm which is carried by a breathtaking Marina Foïs and is based upon the true story of a former National Front militant who ends up working as a volunteer in the Calais Jungle and going so far as to help an Iranian refugee cross the Channel. The film will be released in France and Belgium on 23 February.

Likewise jostling within the line-up, we find French documentary A French Revolution by Emmanuel Gras (who won Critics’ Week’s Grand Prize in Cannes 2017 by way of Makala [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Gras
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]
), which looks back at the Gilets Jaunes crisis which rocked France in late 2018, as well as the new film by Nicolas Silhol (Corporate [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Nicolas Silhol
film profile
]
) which is currently in post-production, Anti-Squat (read our news). Starring Louise Bourgoin and newcomer Samy Belkessa, the story of this film is being kept under wraps for now.

Last but not least, Best Friend Forever are also set to manage sales of Caroline Monnet’s Quebecker film Bootlegger, which has just enjoyed its international premiere at the Göteborg Film Festival.

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(Translated from French)

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