Pathé International touches down at Berlin with The Best Is Yet to Come
by Fabien Lemercier
- Pathé will be at the EFM to offer a sneak peek of Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière’s new film, as well as Proxima by Alice Winocour
Pathé’s international sales division stand was a hive of activity yesterday at the 69th Berlinale European Film Market, with Marie-Laure Montironi’s team revealing sneak peeks of two titles in post-production that are currently being eyed up by a number of distributors.
The first was The Best Is Yet to Come by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière (read the article - starring Fabrice Luchini and Patrick Bruel – due to be released in French cinemas on 4 December 2019), which sees the two directors reunite for the first time since What's in a Name? [+see also:
film profile] (two César nominations in 2013 for Best Film and Best Adaptation; with 3.3 million admissions in France, the film was also very well received oversees, with numerous remakes in the works, including An Italian Name [+see also:
Pathé will also be showcasing a few sneak peeks from the hotly anticipated French-German co-production Proxima by Alice Winocour (article - starring Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger and Alexei Fateev), which will be ready by springtime. For the record, two of the director’s previous features were screened at Cannes (Augustine [+see also:
film profile] at the International Film Critics’ Week in 2012 and Maryland [+see also:
interview: Alice Winocour
film profile] in the Un Certain Regard section in 2015).
Also in the line-up is a film slated to be finished by May: the French-Italian animated feature The Bear’s Famous Invasion by Lorenzo Mattotti (read the news – an adaptation of Dino Buzzati’s book and based on a screenplay written by the director with Thomas Bidegain and Jean-Luc Fromental), which is being presold at Berlin off the back of a new promoreel that consists of a quasi-completed film montage.
Pathé will also be showcasing a first-look promoreel for Let’s Dance by Sébastien Chollat (article – due to be released in France on 27 March).
Among the post-production films being sold at the event on the basis of a screenplay is Judy by the British director Rupert Gold, starring the American actress Renee Zellweger in the role of a weakened Judy Garland getting ready to star in a show in London in 1968. The film is due to be released in the UK on 4 October 2019.
Other post-production films of note include the French comedy Dad Friend [+see also:
film profile] by François Desagnat (due to be released on 19 December 2018 – starring Kad Merad, Pauline Etienne, Julie Gayet and François Deblock), as well as Benedetta by the Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (article), the premiere for which has been pushed back to 2020 as the director is undergoing a hip operation and insists on being involved in the film’s editing process.
Finally, Pathé will be at the EFM with the market premiere of The Wolf's Call [+see also:
film profile] by Antonin Baudry (which is due to hit French theatres on 20 February and stars François Civil, Omar Sy, Reda Kateb, Matthieu Kassovitz and Paula Beer) and Sweetheart by Lisa Azuelos (French release slated for 13 March), which focuses on the mother (Sandrine Kiberlain) of three children, with the youngest – with whom she has a tender and symbiotic relationship –soon due to turn 18 and leave the nest to go study in Canada.
And that’s not forgetting Mektoub My Love : Intermezzo by Abdellatif Kechiche, the second instalment of a trilogy that has been very much kept under wraps.
(Translated from French)
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