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BERLINALE 2024 EFM

Charades looks to Berlin and the future

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- In addition to Meanwhile on Earth in the Panorama section, the French sales agent will be wagering on an armful of thrilling films in post-production and a bumper selection of animations

Charades looks to Berlin and the future
Meanwhile on Earth by Jérémy Clapin

French international sales agent Charades will be tackling next week’s European Film Market – unspooling within the 74th Berlinale (running 15 – 25 February) - with a jam-packed line-up bursting with astonishing titles.

The team composed of Yohann Comte, Carole Baraton and Pierre Mazars will first and foremost be pinning their hopes on Meanwhile on Earth, which is screening in the Panorama section and which is French director Jérémy Clapin’s first fiction feature film, having bagged multiple awards for his animated movie I Lost My Body [+see also:
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(which earned itself an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film in 2020 and the Grand Prize in Cannes’ Critics’ Week 2019).

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But it’s primarily in the post-production arena that Charades are set to stand out, notably thanks to a flurry of French films, namely And Their Children After Them by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma (read our article), Meet The Barbarians by Julie Delpy (article), Les pistolets en plastique by Jean-Christophe Meurisse (article), Je ne me laisserai plus faire by Gustave Kerven (starring Yolande Moreau, Laure Calamy, Anna Mouglalis and Raphaël Quenard), Lucky Winners by Maxime Govare and Romain Choay (The Shiny Shrimps [+see also:
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and The Revenge of the Shiny Shrimps), Quelques jours pas plus by Julie Navarro (starring Camille Cottin and Benjamin Biolay in lead roles) and L’esprit Coubertin by Jérémie Sein. That’s without forgetting Une affaire de principe by Antoine Raimbault (article) and, new to the line-up, the highly anticipated movie which is Lawrence Valin’s debut feature film, Little Jaffna (article).

Likewise joining the line-up is another first feature film stealing all focus: Armand by Norwegian director Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel (read our news). Starring Renate Reinsve (honoured in Cannes 2021 for The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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), Ellen Dorrit Petersen (Blind [+see also:
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interview: Eskil Vogt
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), Thea Lambrechts Vaulen, Endre Hellestveit, Øystein Røg and Vera Veljovic, the film begins on one of the last days in the run up to the school holidays. Something happens between Armand and Jon, who are six years old. Their parents are called in for a meeting, but the school leadership team don’t really know what’s gone on. Was it simply a game between children or something more serious? This incident sets off a series of events, forcing the parents and school staff into an engrossing battle for redemption where madness, desire and growing obsession abound… The film is currently in post-production.

Also gracing the post-production line-up is Heavier Trip by Finnish duo Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren. Steered by Making Movies Oy, the film revolves around the most ferocious death metal band in the world, Impaled Rektum, who are incarcerated in a Norwegian prison when they learn that the guitarist's family are facing significant financial worries. In an effort to help them, the band break out of prison and embark on a journey through northern Europe to perform at the largest and wildest metal festival in the world: Wacken. Tricked by a dishonest record label legend and pursued by a murderous prison guard, numerous adventures await them; but their ultimate challenge is to keep the band together amidst all this chaos…

Last but not least, Charades will also be selling a tantalising selection of animated movies, including Ghost Cat Anzu by Yoko Kuno and Nobuhiro Yamashita (a French production by Miyu Productions together with Japan’s Shin-Ei Animation), Japanese production Hypergalactic by David N. Weiss, the stop-motion title Memoir of a Snail by the Oscar-winning Australian director Adam Elliot, and musical comedy Spermageddon by Norwegians Tommy Wirkola and Rasmus A. Sivertsen (article).

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(Translated from French)

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