Montparnasse Bienvenüe serves as Be for Films’ figurehead at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- With Léonor Serraille in Un Certain Regard, Belinda in the ACID and six other titles at the market, the sales agent’s Cannes sales are looking extremely promising
Managed by Pamela Leu, international sales agent Be for Films, the Belgian subsidiary of French group Films Distribution, will rock up at the Film Market of the 70th Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May) with a number of aces up its sleeve.
Spearheading the line-up is Montparnasse Bienvenüe [+see also:
interview: Léonor Serraille
film profile] by Léonor Serraille, which will have its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard selection. Produced by Blue Monday Productions and starring Laetitia Dosch, the feature debut by the young French director, who studied in the screenwriting department of La Fémis, depicts Paula’s misadventures in Paris after she follows her partner there against his wishes, only to find the door slammed in her face.
Be for Films is also banking on Belinda [+see also:
film profile] by Maria Dumora, a film selected in the ACID’s Cannes programme, which will also get a market screening. Shown as the opening film in Panorama Dokumente at the Berlinale, the film paints a moving portrait of a female character whom we first meet at the age of nine, then catch up with at 15 years old, and whom we finally meet again at the age of 23, as she waits for the man she loves and wants to marry to be released from prison.
The Film Market will also host the screenings of Fifty Springtimes [+see also:
film profile] by Blandine Lenoir, which has just arrived in French theatres, starring Agnès Jaoui in the main role (and which has already been purchased for Spain, Poland, Sweden, the Benelux, Hungary, Greece, Canada and China), as well as Animals [+see also:
interview: Greg Zglinski
film profile] by Poland’s Greg Zglinski (popular in the Berlinale Forum, and already acquired for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the countries of the former Yugoslavia and Turkey).
At the market, Be for Films will also be unveiling the very first images of the French feature debuts On the Sly by Christophe Régin (see the article; starring Franck Gastambide and Hippolyte Girardot) and Diane Has the Right Shape [+see also:
film profile] by Fabien Gorgeart, in addition to those of Blue My Mind by Swiss director Lisa Bruhlmann (a feature debut produced by Tellfilm, which blends fantasy and a coming-of-age tale) and the Chinese title End of Summer by Zhou Quan.
(Translated from French)
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