Playtime all set to brandish Zombi Child and The Bare Necessity at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French company is selling Bertrand Bonello’s new film and the feature debut by Erwan Le Duc, which will be world-premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight
French international sales agent Playtime, which has made a habit of attending the prestigious rendezvous on the Croisette, given its regular presence in the various selections, will be rocking up at the Marché du Film of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May), this time with a line-up spearheaded by two titles set to be showcased in the Directors’ Fortnight.
The first is Zombi Child [+see also:
interview: Bertrand Bonello
film profile], the seventh feature by Bertrand Bonello, following The Pornographer (Cannes Critics’ Week in 2001), Tiresia (in competition at Cannes in 2003), On War [+see also:
film profile] (Directors’ Fortnight in 2008), House of Tolerance [+see also:
interview: Adèle Haenel
film profile] (in competition at Cannes in 2011), Saint Laurent [+see also:
Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
film profile] (in competition at Cannes in 2014) and Nocturama [+see also:
interview: Bertrand Bonello
film profile] (in competition at Toronto and San Sebastián in 2016). The story, written by the director himself, kicks off in Haiti in 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, at the prestigious Légion d'honneur boarding school, a Haitian girl confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends – never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable… Produced by My New Pictures and Les Films du Bal, and co-produced by Arte France Cinéma, the feature will be distributed in France from 12 June onwards, courtesy of Ad Vitam.
Playtime’s slate also includes another film set to be world-premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight: The Bare Necessity [+see also:
film profile], the feature debut by Erwan Le Duc. This Domino Films production, starring Swann Arlaud, Maud Wyler, Nicolas Maury and Fanny Ardant, will be released in French theatres by Pyramide Distribution on 14 August.
At the Marché du Film, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, François Yon, Sébastien Beffa and Frédérique Rouault’s team will be pinning its hopes on the premiere of I’ll Go Where You Go by France’s Géraldine Nakache (see the article) and will be pre-selling eight titles in post-production, based on their promo-reels: Guest of Honour by Canada’s Atom Egoyan, Our Lady of Paris by France’s Valérie Donzelli (see the article – starring the director herself, Pierre Deladonchamps, Thomas Scimeca, Bouli Lanners and Virginie Ledoyen), the Australian western High Ground by Stephen Johnson, 5 Is the Perfect Number by Italy’s Igort (with Toni Servillo and Valeria Golino among the cast), The Breitner Commando by Abdel Raouf Dafri (see the news – toplined by Johan Heldenbergh and Olivier Gourmet), the Canadian movie Baldy by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas, and Red Fields by Israel’s Keren Yedaya.
Lastly, particularly noteworthy among the films currently being shot is The Notebooks by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, which is being produced by France, Lebanon and Canada. And that’s not to mention the slates of Playtime’s various subsidiaries: Films Boutique in Germany (see the news), Be For Films in Belgium (see the article) and Film Constellation in the UK.
(Translated from French)
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