Memento aims for Cannes with Cantet and Shortland
by Fabien Lemercier
04/04/2012 - Although predictions for the next Cannes Film Festival (from May 16 to 27) had previously left him aside, it seems that Laurent Cantet (photo) has sped up editing for Foxfire (article) and might, according to our information, be back in the race for a spot on the Croisette. This sudden turn of events would definitely be good news for Memento International who previously made many pre-sales for the director’s film that won the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2008, The Class [trailer, film focus].
Memento International yesterday announced that Music Box had acquired Lore by Cate Shortland for the United States. The film is a co-production between Germany (Rohfilm), Australia (Porchlight Films) and Scotland (Edge City Films), and also a candidate for the Cannes selection, where its director presented Sommersault, her first and only feature film to date at the Certain Regard in 2004.
An adaptation of the novel The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert, Lore is set in a devasted Germany in 1945, and features a group of children forced to travel 900 km on their own to find their grandmother. Since the allies arrested their Nazi parents, the eldest, Lore, has been in charge of her four brothers and sisters. The adventure will make them face reality and the consequences of their parents’ actions. On the way, they will meet the enigmatic and charismatic Thomas, a young Jewish refugee who feels a mixture of love and hate for Lore. To survive, she must decide, gripped by fear, to trust the only person that she has ever been taught is her enemy.
(Translated from French)