It's full speed ahead for Charades at Berlin Film Festival
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French company will be selling 19 titles at the EFM, including two in the Panorama section, eight in post-production and seven in market premiere
Over the course of just two years, the French international sales company Charades has experienced tremendous growth, going on to become one of the most dynamic companies working in the field of independent cinema today. The European Film Market of the 69th Berlinale (7 to 17 February) will provide yet another platform for the company to showcase its 19-film line-up, two of which have been selected for the Panorama section.
Yohann Comte, Carole Baraton, Pierre Mazars and Constantin Briest's line-up includes the Irish documentary Shooting the Mafia [+see also:
film profile] by the British director Kim Longinotto (appreciated among others for Sisters in Law at the Directors' Fortnight in 2005 and at Sundance in 2009, where she won the Grand Prix for Rough Aunties and in 2015, where she scooped up the Best Director Award for Dreamcatcher [+see also:
film profile]). Focusing on the Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia, the film has just made its world premiere at Sundance in the World Cinema Documentary competition and will undoubtedly attract audience members in the Panorama section at Berlin, a section that also features Rodd Tathjen's Australian drama Buoyancy, which also in Charades’ line-up.
Among the new additions to the line-up are two second feature films in post-production by promising young French filmmakers: My Traitor My Love by Hélier Cisterne (read the article – starring Vincent Lacoste and Vicky Krieps) and Stéphane Demoustier's The Girl with a Bracelet (article – starring Roschdy Zem and Chiara Mastroianni). Pre-sales will also be launched for a first French feature in post-production: Lost & Found by Ronan Le Page (article – a romantic comedy starring Pio Marmaï and Léa Drucker).
Also in the line-up is the 3D animated film production Bigfoot Superstar by the Belgian directors Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, whose most recent film, Royal Corgi [+see also:
interview: Ben Stassen
film profile]will make its market premiere at the EFM.
Six other market premieres are on the cards at Berlin thanks to Charades, including the French musical documentary (about reggae) Inna de Yard [+see also:
film profile] by the American director Peter Webber, Invisibles [+see also:
interview: Liza Benguigui
film profile] by Louis-Jean Petit (surprise success at the French box office with 880,000 admissions in 19 days), Eirik Svensson's Norwegian drama Harajuku [+see also:
film profile], Antoine Raimbault's Conviction [+see also:
film profile], Margaux Bonhomme's Head Above Water [+see also:
film profile] and Cédric Le Gallo and Maxime Govare’s The Shiny Shrimps.
Also in post-production is Suicide Tourist by the Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby (noticed at the 2014 Cannes Critics' Week with When Animals Dream [+see also:
interview: Jonas Alexander Arnby
film profile]), starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Tuva Novotny (read the article). This production, which associates Denmark, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden, is being pre-sold on the basis of a promo-reel.
Also in post-production is Carlo Mirabella-Davis' American-French psychological thriller Swallow, the animated film Marona's Fantastic Tale by Romania's Anca Damian, the French family film My Family and the Wolf by the Spaniard Adriá Garcia and the Franco-Canadian-Belgian production Sympathy for the Devil by Guillaume de Fontenay (article – starring Niels Schneider, Vincent Rottiers and Ella Rumpf).
For the record, Charades also showcased Mirai by the Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda as part of its Cannes line-up, which is now nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Film.
(Translated from French)
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