Playtime preparing for a new spring in Berlin
- Wielding upcoming movies by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Robin Campillo, and Catherine Corsini, as well as new works by François Ozon and André Téchiné, the French sales agent will be making a strong comeback
Having tightened its belt in the years of the pandemic, French international sales agent Playtime is now resuming cruise speed and making a beeline for the European Film Market - unspooling within the 73rd Berlinale (running 16 – 26 February) - with an enviably enticing line-up of 13 titles spanning all genres.
By way of market screenings, the team steered by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Sébastien Beffa and François Yon are set to wrap the already-significant sales achieved on François Ozon’s The Crime is Mine [+see also:
interview: François Ozon
film profile] (released in France on 8 March) and on André Téchiné’s Soul Mates (released in France on 12 April, with Noémie Merlant and Benjamin Voisin in lead roles).
Playtime’s post-production contingent is similarly well-armed, with a new promo reel notably on the agenda for About Dry Grasses, by the multi-award-winning Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Combining the production prowess of Turkey, France, Germany and Sweden, the movie will revolve around Samet, a young art teacher, who is finishing his fourth year of compulsory service in a remote village in Anatolia. After a turn of events he can hardly make sense of, he loses his hopes of escaping the grim life he seems to be stuck in. Will his encounter with Nuray, herself a teacher, help him overcome his angst ?
Promo reels are also in the offing for two French filmmakers whose last opuses saw them competing in Cannes, and who are now ready for another trip to the Croisette: Red Island by Robin Campillo (read our article - starring Charlie Vauselle, Nadia Tereszkiewicz and Quim Gutiérrez) and Homecoming by Catherine Corsini (article).
Other post-production aces up their sleeves include No Love Lost by French director Erwan Le Duc (news - starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Céleste Brunnquell and Maud Wyler), It’s Raining Men by his compatriot Caroline Vignal (article – whose cast is led by Laure Calamy), The Devil’s Bath by Austrians Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (the duo behind Goodnight Mommy [+see also:
interview: Severin Fiala and Veronika …
film profile], which sent shivers through Orizzonti audiences in Venice 2014), the documentary Antarctica Calling by French director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins [+see also:
film profile]) and the debut fiction feature films Most Alive by Belgium’s Delphine Girard (article - starring Selma Alaoui, Veerle Baetens, Guillaume Duhesme and Anne Dorval), and For Night Will Come by French filmmaker Céline Rouzet (article – featuring Mathias Legout Hammond, Céleste Brunnquell, Élodie Bouchez and Jean-Charles Clichet). All these titles are also set to be sold via promo reel.
The Hanged is another movie well worth a mention in post-production, by Brazil’s Fernando Coimbra (acclaimed for A Wolf At the Door), and in terms of finished films, Michel Ocelot’s animated title The Black Pharaoh, The Sauvage and The Princess [+see also:
For the record, Playtime will also be attending Berlin via its subsidiaries: Germany’s Films Boutique (read news), Belgian firm Be For Films (offering up İlker Çatak’s German production The Teachers' Lounge [+see also:
interview: İlker Çatak
interview: Leonie Benesch
film profile] in the Panorama line-up) and UK outfit (Film Constellation).
(Translated from French)
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