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BERLIN 2007 Panorama / France

Delpy, Ferran and Spinosa in line-up


After the selection of Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en Rose [+see also:
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in official competition and as opening film (see news) of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival (February 8-18, 2007), the line-up for the Panorama section was partially unveiled last Thursday. Three majority French (co-)productions will compete in the festival sidebar: Julie Delpy’s Two Days, Pascale Ferran’s Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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and Michel Spinosa’s Anna M.

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A very regular visitor at the Berlinale over the past decade as an actress (Bad Blood, Three Colours: White, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset), this year Delpy will be presenting Two Days, her second feature as a director (see news) at the German festival.

As well as flanking US actor Adam Goldberg and Germany’s Daniel Brühl, the French star co-produced the film with Tempête sous un crâne Productions. Associate producers were Parisian outfit Polaris (Thierry Potok, Christophe Mazodier and Hubert Toint) for whom the film is the first on their slate, Germany’s 3L Filmproduktion were co-producers while Rezo are handling the film’s French release as well as international sales.

Out since November in French cinemas, Ferran’s Lady Chatterley will arrive in Berlin crowned with her recent Louis Delluc Prize (see news), a distinction awarded for the Best French Film of the Year.

Featuring Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h and Hippolyte Girardot and scripted by Roger Bohbot and Pierre Trividic, Lady Chatterley was produced by Maïa Films, in co-production with Belgium’s Saga Film and UK outfit Zephyr Films. Sales are being handled by Films Distribution.

The third French title in the Panorama line-up is Anna M., Spinosa’s third film after 1994’s Take Me Away (in competition at Locarno) and 2000’s Enchanted Interlude. Anna M. stars Isabelle Carré, Gilbert Melki and Anne Consigny and revolves around erotomania, a delusion in which a person believes that another person is in love with them. The Ex Nihilo production was backed by CNC advances on receipts and a co-production with Rhône-Alpes Cinéma.

Diaphana will release the title in French theatres and Films Distribution are handling international sales.

Santiago Otheguy’s La Leon, a joint Argentinean and French production, will also compete in the festival sidebar.

(Translated from French)

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