Battle in Heaven for Tartan in the UK
by Annika Pham
Battle in Heaven [+see also:
interview: Carlos Reygadas
interview: Jean Labadie
film profile] Carlos Reygadas’ German/French/Mexican/Belgian co-production which will screen in official competition on Sunday May 15th, has just been bought by Tartan Films for the UK. The film sold and produced by Philippe Bober’s The Coproduction Office, has also been picked up by Bac Films for France, Lumière for Belgium and Filmhuis for the Netherlands.
Bober had already established a relationship with the Mexican born director -who now lives in Brussels- on his first feature film Japón which won a Special Mention for the Camera d’or in Cannes 2002. “I love filmmakers like Carlos who take risks, daring films that are also well made, because I’m interested both in content and form”, he explained to Cineuropa.
The Hungarian director Kornel Mundraczó whose film Johanna [+see also:
film profile] will screen next Wednesday May 18th at Un Certain Regard is another filmmaker whose first feature film, the award-winning Pleasant Days [+see also:
film profile] (2003) was sold by Bober. His second film Johanna was co-produced by Bober’s production arm with Filmmühely, Proton Cinema and Mokep RT in Hungary.
The third key title on the Co-production Office’s Cannes line-up is The Death of Mr Lazarescu [+see also:
film profile] (Moartea Domnului Lazarescu), by the Romanian director Cristi Puiu. Also selected at Un Certain Regard this year, the film produced by the director’s company Mandragora was picked up by Bober for worldwide distribution.
Other European auteurs/filmmakers with whom Bober has on-going relationships are the Swedish Roy Andersson (Songs From The Second Floor), and the Austrians Jessica Hausner (Lovely Rita [+see also:
film profile], Hotel [+see also:
film profile]) and Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days, Jesus You Know).
Set up in 1987 with the intention to co-produce two to three selected art-house films and to sell internationally four to five films per year, the Co-production office has now offices both in Paris and Berlin.
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