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CANNES 2019 Marché du Film

Kinology to show off Litigante at Cannes

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- The French sales agent has high hopes for Franco Lolli’s film, which will open the Critics’ Week, and is kicking off pre-sales for How I Became a Superhero

Kinology to show off Litigante  at Cannes
Litigante by Franco Lolli

French international sales agent Kinology will be rocking up at the Marché du Film at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May) with a line-up comprising six titles, spearheaded by Litigante [+see also:
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by Colombia’s Franco Lolli, which will open the 58th Critics’ Week out of competition.

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Having risen to fame in this same parallel section of Cannes in 2014 with Gente de bien [+see also:
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, the Colombian filmmaker (who also wrote the screenplay together with Marie Amachoukeli and Virginie Legeay) takes us back to Bogotá, but this time hot on the heels of Silvia, a single mother and top-notch lawyer who is implicated in a major corruption scandal. Between raising her young son, taking care of her ill-tempered, cancer-stricken mother and navigating her career, Silvia could very well be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. And what if the answer to all of this was simply... love? The cast includes Carolina Sanin, Leticia Gómez and Antonio Martínes. Production duties were handled by French outfits SRAB Films and Les Films du Worso, together with Colombia’s Evidencia Films. Litigante will be distributed in France by Ad Vitam.

The team headed up by Grégoire Melin (aided by Gaëlle Mareschi) will also be kicking off pre-sales for How I Became a Superhero, the feature debut by Douglas Attal. An adaptation of Gérald Bronner’s cult novel Comment je suis devenu super-héros, the film, which is currently in production, and which will rely heavily on special effects, stars Pio Marmaï (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2019 for The Trouble With You [+see also:
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), Vimala Pons (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2014 for The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
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and also popular in Elle [+see also:
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), Belgium’s Benoît Poelvoorde (who turned heads recently in Keep an Eye Out [+see also:
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and White as Snow [+see also:
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), Leïla Bekhti (gracing screens in Battle of the Classes [+see also:
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and soon to hit movie theatres in Sweet Song) and Swann Arlaud (giving a strong performance in By the Grace of God [+see also:
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and set to be seen on the silver screen at Cannes in The Bare Necessity [+see also:
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). The plot revolves around a disillusioned cop who is forced to collaborate with a new recruit from the financial brigade to fight against a supernatural drug spreading all over Paris. Will he find the strength to reconnect with his mysterious past and become a (super)hero again? The feature, a French-Belgian co-production, is being staged by Trésor Films and will be distributed in France by Warner Bros.

At Cannes, Kinology will also be pressing on with pre-sales for the French-Belgian co-production A Mermaid in Paris by Mathias Malzieu, which will soon be entering production, and will star Reda Kateb, Clémence Poésy, Spaniard Rossy De Palma and Virginie Ledoyen.

Another title being pre-sold is Bergman Island, which Mia Hansen-Løve will finish shooting this summer, with Luxembourg’s Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Brit Tim Roth, Australia’s Mia Wasikowska and Norway’s Anders Danielsen Lie in the lead roles. The French director’s first English-language film is set on the legendary island of Fårö, where a couple of filmmakers decide to retreat to for the summer. In this wild, breathtaking landscape where Bergman used to live, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films. But their fascination with the island overwhelms them and memories start to resurface. The fine line between reality and fiction will then gradually begin to blur. The feature is being staged by France’s CG Cinéma together with Sweden’s Plattform Produktion and Germany’s Neue Bioskop Film, and is being backed by Eurimages.

Lastly, at the Cannes Marché du Film, Kinology will be topping up sales for the US comedy Greener Grass by Jocelyn Deboer and Dawn Luebbe, which was unveiled at Sundance, and for The Innocent [+see also:
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by Switzerland’s Simon Jaquemet.

(Translated from French)

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