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BERLIN 2019 EFM

mk2 Films assembles a fantastic 18-film line-up ahead of Berlin Film Festival

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- Due to be showcased is Varda by Agnès out of competition, Jessica Forever in the Panorama section and the latest films by Sciamma, Triet, Porumboiu, Guédiguian, Labidi and Lessovitz

mk2 Films assembles a fantastic 18-film line-up ahead of Berlin Film Festival
Varda by Agnès by Agnès Varda

The international sales team of French outfit mk2 Films, managed by Juliette Schrameck (and supported by Fionnuala Jamison), will be far from empty-handed at the European Film Market of the 69th Berlinale (7 to 17 February), with a very promising line-up consisting of 18 titles and two films in official selection.

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Spearheading the line-up is the documentary Varda by Agnès [+see also:
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by the iconic Agnès Varda, which will be making its world premiere out of competition. Already acquired byFrance, Portugal, Scandinavia, the countries of former Yugoslavia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Israel, this Ciné-Tamaris production sees the famous director (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2018 and nominated that same year for Best Documentary with Faces, Places [+see also:
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, winner of the Palme d'Honneur at Cannes Film Festival in 2015, the Golden Lion at Venice in 1985 with Vagabond, a César in 2009 forThe Beaches of Agnes [+see also:
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, and in competition at Cannes in 1962, Berlin in 1965, 1988 and 1995, and Venice in 1966) shed light on her creative process, which she refers to as the process of "cinécriture” (or film-writing). 

mk2 Films will also be pursuing sales for the exuberant Jessica Forever [+see also:
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by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel, which will be screened in the Panorama sectiona few monthsafter its world premiere at Toronto in the Platform competition.

Also of note is Virgil Vernier's captivatingSophia Antipolis [+see also:
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(unveiled at Locarno in the Filmmakers of the Present competition, and also previously screened at San Sebastian and Rotterdam), which has been selected for Berlin Critics' Week.

Also in the line-up are two new films: Robert Guédiguian's Gloria Mundi [+see also:
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 and Manele Labidi's Arab Blues [+see also:
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(starring Golshifteh Farahani in the main role). These two features are joined by a string of enticing films in post-production, including Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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by the French director Céline Sciamma, Sibyl [+see also:
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by Justine Triet (starring Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Niels Schneider and Sandra Hüller), The Whistlers [+see also:
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by the Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu and Port Authority [+see also:
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by the American director Danielle Lessovitz

Finally, mk2 Films will be continuing sales on various Venetian films at the EFM (Amanda [+see also:
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by Mikhaël Hers – recipient of an César nomination for Best Actor – and Pearl [+see also:
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interview: Elsa Amiel
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by Elsa Amiel), as well as those screened at Cannes (The Trouble With You [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Salvadori
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by Pierre Salvadori – 770,000 admissions in France and nine César nominations – Sir [+see also:
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, Ash is Purest White [+see also:
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, Asako I & II [+see also:
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, At War [+see also:
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interview: Stéphane Brizé
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, Sorry Angel [+see also:
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Q&A: Christophe Honoré
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and obviously, Cold War [+see also:
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by the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, which is in the running for three Oscars – read the news here).

(Translated from French)

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