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BERLIN 2018 Market / France

Playtime looks to the future at Berlin

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- Eight films in post-production feature on the firm’s line-up, including the upcoming titles by László Nemes, Olivier Assayas, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Markus Schleinzer and Dani de la Torre

Playtime looks to the future at Berlin
Sunset by László Nemes

Despite the fact that French international sales agent Playtime (formerly Films Distribution) seems quite content to leave the limelight at the 68th Berlin Film Festival (15-25 February) to its German subsidiary Films Boutique (which will be negotiating deals for two contenders for the 2018 Golden Bear, with Season of the Devil by Filipino director Lav Diaz and Pig by Mani Haghighi, as well as for the documentary Eldorado [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Switzerland’s Markus Imhoof out of competition and L'Animale [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Katharina Mückstein
film profile
]
 by Austria’s Katharina Mückstein in Panorama), Nicolas Brigaud-RobertFrançois Yon and Sébastian Beffa’s team will certainly not be lacking in some serious ammo at the European Film Market.

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Standing out among the eight films in post-production on Playtime’s slate are two likely candidates for the next Cannes competition: Sunset [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: László Nemes
film profile
]
 , the much-anticipated second feature by Hungary’s László Nemes, following Son of Saul [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile
]
 (Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film in 2016 and Grand Prix at Cannes in 2015), and Non Fiction [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile
]
 by Olivier Assayas.

Two other filmmakers who have also previously taken part once in the hunt for the Palme d’Or are also in post-production with their latest efforts: The Summer House [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
film profile
]
 by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (see the article) and Angelo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Markus Schleinzer
film profile
]
 by Austria’s Markus Schleinzer (who rose to prominence in competition at Cannes in 2011 with his controversial feature debut, Michael [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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), which will be pre-sold based on a promo reel. It tells the epic story of a young Nigerian in the 18th century, who is abducted at the age of ten and thrust into the world of the European aristocracy (with a cast comprising Makita SambaAlba Rohrwacher and Larisa Faber).

At the EFM, Playtime will also be banking on promo reels to pre-sell Treat Me Like Fire [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marie Monge
film profile
]
 by Marie Monge (see the article – starring Tahar Rahim and Stacy Martin), Who Killed Lady Winsley? [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Hiner Saleem, and 15 Minutes of War [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Fred Grivois (with a cast including Olga Kurylenko and Alban Lenoir). The firm will also make use of a teaser to tout Gun City [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Spaniard Dani de la Torre.

Lastly, the company will be organising market screenings of Black Tide by Erick Zonca (see the article) and Children Royals [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Marc Dugain.

(Translated from French)

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