Pyramide International to boast a presence to the power of 6 in Cannes
- Stand-out works in the agent’s line-up are Dodo, Metronom, The Worst Ones and My Imaginary Country in the Official Selection, Harkis in the Directors’ Fortnight, and La Jauría in Critics’ Week
The 75th Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film (running 17 – 25 May) promises to be especially hectic for French sales agency Pyramide International (directed by Eric Lagesse and steered by Agathe Mauruc) who will be pinning their hopes on six titles featuring in various Cannes showcases, including four in the Official Selection.
Stealing focus on the Cannes Première agenda, we find Dodo [+see also:
interview: Pános H Koútras
film profile] by Greek director Panos H Koutras (whose previous opus, Xenia [+see also:
interview: Panos H. Koutras
film profile], went down well in the 2014 Un Certain Regard section), a comedy which takes us through the doors of a luxurious villa near Athens belonging to Mariella and Pavlos, a couple on the brink of bankruptcy who are gearing up to celebrate their daughter Sofia’s marriage to a rich heir. It’s at this point that a dodo – a bird which became extinct 300 years ago – makes an appearance, leading all the film’s protagonists along in a mad dance. The situation soon gets out of control... Production comes courtesy of Greece’s 100% Synthetic Films and French firm MPM Film, alongside Belgium’s Tarantula.
Pyramide International will also be negotiating on behalf of two first feature films selected for the Un Certain Regard line-up: Metronom [+see also:
interview: Alexandru Belc
film profile] by Romania’s Alexandru Belc, and The Worst Ones [+see also:
interview: Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret
film profile] by French directors Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret.
Last but not least, My Imaginary Country [+see also:
interview: Patricio Guzmán
film profile] by the multi-award-winning Chilean documentary-maker Patricio Guzmán will be treated to an Official Selection Special Screening. The filmmaker offers the following teaser: "October 2019: an unexpected revolution, a social explosion. One and a half million people demonstrated in the streets of Santiago for greater democracy, a more dignified life, a better education, a better health system and a new Constitution. Chile had recovered its memory. The event I had been waiting for since my student struggles in 1973 had finally materialized.''
Likewise standing tall on the sales agent’s film slate is a highly enticing title selected for the Directors’ Fortnight: Harkis [+see also:
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile] by French director Philippe Faucon (news), which delves into the Algerian War and is produced by Istiqlal Films and Arte France Cinéma, together with Belgian firm Films du Fleuve.
Pyramide International’s sixth trump card to grace the Cannes showcase is La Jauría [+see also:
film profile] by Colombia’s Andrés Ramírez Pulido, which is set to be unveiled in competition within Critics’ Week. Produced by Colombia’s Valiente Gracia and French outfit Alta Rocca Films in co-production with Micro Climat Studios, this debut feature film revolves around country boy Eliú who is locked up in an experimental young offenders institution, deep in the heart of the Colombian rainforest, for a crime he committed with his friend El Mono. Every day, the teenagers carry out hard manual labour and endure intense group therapy under the menacing gaze of the camp guard Godoy. But, one day, El Mono is transferred to the same centre, bringing with him the past that Eliu is trying to escape.
The Marché du Film will also see Pyramide International pressing on with pre-sales on a flurry of seven titles in post-production: Winter Boy by Christophe Honoré, The Happiest Man In the World by Macedonia’s Teona Strugar Mitevska (news), The Sixth Child by Léopold Legrand (article), Three Nights A Week by Florent Gouëlou (article), Time Out by Belgium’s Ève Duchemin (article - starring Karim Leklou up front), Avant l’effondrement by Alice and Benoît Zeniter (article – notably starring Nils Schneider, Ariane Labed and Souheila Yacoub) and Beating Sun by Philippe Petit (news – starring Swann Arlaud in the lead).
Last but not least are the market screenings scheduled for French productions I Love Greece by Nafsika Guerry-Karamaounas (starring Stacy Martin and Vincent Dedienne as a couple who experience an eventful holiday on a small island in the Cyclades) and Michel Leclerc’s Not My Type [+see also:
(Translated from French)
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