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BERLINALE 2020 EFM

Wild Bunch prepara un enorme catálogo para Berlín

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- Con Le sel des larmes y Effacer l'historique en la competición por el Oso de Oro, y una avalancha de películas aún por finalizar, se espera que el agente cierre numerosas ventas

Wild Bunch prepara un enorme catálogo para Berlín
Le sel des larmes, de Philippe Garrel

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When the French-German international sales outfit Wild Bunch whips out announcements, they rarely go unnoticed, and this is once again the case just days ahead of the European Film Market, to be held at the Berlin Film Festival (running 20 February – 1 March), where the team led by Vincent Maraval and overseen by Eva Diederix will be making their presence felt with an armada of titles to turn to good account.

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Standing tall up front are two French films, both in the running for 2020’s Golden Bear. The Salt of Tears [+lee también:
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will see Philippe Garrel (71 years old) participating in the Berlin competition for the very first time after battling it out six times for the Venetian Golden Lion and competing once for the Cannes Palme d’Or. Starring Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, André Wilms, Louise Chevillotte and Souheila Yacoub, Garrel’s latest opus was produced by Rectangle and co-produced by Arte France Cinéma alongside Swiss firm Close Up. It will be released in French cinemas by Ad Vitam on 8 April.

Delete History [+lee también:
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, meanwhile, marks the return of the duo composed of Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern to the Berlinale competition, ten years on from Mammuth [+lee también:
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. Starring Blanche Gardin, Denis Podalydès and Corinne Masiero, this work by Les Films du Worso and No Money Productions was co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, Pictanovo and Belgian group Scope Pictures. Ad Vitam will likewise helm distribution in France for this picture, which is scheduled for 22 April.

The EFM will also see Wild Bunch kick off pre-sales on Caravaggio’s Shadow by Italy’s Michele Placido (Romanzo Criminale [+lee también:
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), with filming set to commence in the spring, featuring Riccardo Scamarcio, Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert in the cast. Produced by Roman firm Goldenart alongside Parisian group Mact, the film will plunge audiences into Italy circa 1610. At this point in time, Caravaggio is one of the greatest painters alive, but he’s also a rebel when it comes to the laws of a church tasked with deciding which religious subjects are fit for depiction. Upon discovering that the artist uses prostitutes, thieves and vagabonds in his work, Pope Paul V orders the Vatican’s secret services to look into the matter so as to decide whether or not to grant the painter the clemency he requests after being sentenced to death for the murder of a love rival. The inquisitor, known as The Shadow, opens an investigation which will lead him to uncover the conflicting vices and virtues of an artist whose life or death lies in the hands of the former…

Likewise gracing the Wild Bunch film slate is the animated film The Summit Of The Gods by Patrick Imbert (produced by Julianne Films, Folivari and Mélusine Productions – due to be released in early 2021), a work based upon Jirô Taniguchi’s manga series.

In terms of new films in post-production, three first films coming courtesy of female directors are particularly eye-catching: Hatching (ex Birds of a Feather) by Finland’s Hanna Bergholm (a production steered by her compatriots at Silva Mysterium alongside Norwegian group Evil Doghouse and Sweden’s TMV, with the notable support of Eurimages), Naked Sky by Georgian director Dea Kulumbegashvili (who captured much attention with her short films Invisible Spaces, in competition in Cannes in 2014, and Léthé, which graced the Directors’ Fortnight in 2016) and Unclenching The Fists by Russia’s Kira Kovalenko. In addition to these, we find Animals by Belgian filmmaker Nabil Ben Yadir (read our news – the director’s 4th feature after Les Barons [+lee también:
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, La Marche [+lee también:
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and Blind Spot [+lee también:
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), Taste by Vietnam’s Le Bao (a production helmed by Singapour and involving, among others, French firms Deuxième Ligne Films and Petit Films, as well as German group Senator), Harami by Indian filmmaker Shyam Madiraju and Shake Your Cares Away directed by Tom Shoval (well received in the Berlinale’s Panorama section in 2013 with Youth [+lee también:
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) and starring Bérénice Bejo who plays a lead role in this production steered by Israeli group Green Productions, alongside Germany (One Two Films), Russia (New People Film Company) and France (Les Compagnons Du Cinéma and Wild Bunch).

Other feature films in post-production include DNA, directed by and starring Maïwenn (Poliss [+lee también:
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, My King [+lee también:
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), who’s surrounded on screen by the likes of Louis Garrel, Fanny Ardant and Marine Vacth. Produced by Why Not, the film begins in the summertime, in the deserted streets of Paris. Neige is a regular visitor at her beloved Algerian grandfather’s retirement home. After all, Emir is the one who brought her up and protected her from her toxic parents. Neige is surrounded by extended family members - brothers, a sister, an aunt, her mother - and relations between them are difficult, riddled with resentment and bitterness. Emir’s death will heighten these family tensions and unleash a deeply-rooted identity crisis for protagonist Neige…

The market will also see Wild Bunch soldiering on with sales on previously announced works in post-production: Flag Day by Sean PennMainstream by Gia Coppola, Mandibles by Quentin Dupieux (news – sales handled jointly with WTFilms), Les années 10 by Thierry de Peretti (article), Madame Claude by Sylvie Verheyde (article), French Tech by Bruno Podalydès, as well as four debut features in the form of The Swarm by Just Philippot (article), The Third War by Italy’s Giovanni Aloï (article), Ibrahim by Samir Guesmi and A Brighter Tomorrow by Yassine Qnia.

Equally worthy of a mention are For Better and For Worse by Stéphane Brizé (news), on which filming has just wrapped, The Crusade, currently in pre-production and directed by and starring Louis Garrel, and Titane by Julia Ducournau (news), not to mention Ari Folman’s animated film currently in production Where Is Anne Frank?, and Thierry Frémaux’s documentary Lumière! The Adventure Continues.

Last but not least, new entity Wild Bunch International have just announced the opening of pre-sales on Franck Khalfoun’s thriller O2, in which Noomi Rapace will play a starring role.

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