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CANNES 2019 Marché du Film

Films Boutique pulls out all the stops for Cannes

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- The Berlin-based international sales agent’s line-up includes two Un Certain Regard selections, a Directors' Fortnight title and one film in the Critics' Week

Films Boutique pulls out all the stops for Cannes
Liberté by Albert Serra

Films Boutique seems all set for a fruitful visit to the 72nd Cannes Film Festival and accompanying Marché du Film, as four titles on the company’s slate will be celebrating their world premiere on the Croisette. Particularly high up on the firm’s line-up is Albert Serra’s eagerly awaited Liberté [+see also:
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, which will be competing in this year’s Un Certain Regard section. Set in 1774, shortly before the French Revolution, somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin, the film follows a group of libertines expelled from the puritanical court of Louis XVI. In a bid to export libertinism and find a safe haven where they can pursue their aberrant fun and games, they seek the support of the legendary Duc de Walchen, a German serial seducer and freethinker. Produced by Idéale Audience, Rosa Filmes and Andergraun Films, Serra’s new feature stars the renowned Helmut Berger, as well as Marc Susini and Baptiste Pinteaux.

Also glimmering on Films Boutique’s Cannes slate is Adam [+see also:
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, the debut feature by Morocco’s Maryam Touzani, which will also be competing in the Un Certain Regard section. Set in Casablanca, the film revolves around a bakery owner (Incendies [+see also:
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Lubna Azabal) who lives with her eight-year-old daughter. Their routine hinging on housework and homework is interrupted one day by a young, pregnant woman seeking a job and a place to live. Adam was produced by Ali N’ Productions together with Les Films Du Nouveau Monde and Artemis Productions.

In the Directors' Fortnight, the sales agent will be presenting To Live to Sing [+see also:
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by Chinese-born Canadian director Johnny Ma. Produced by Image X Productions and House on Fire, the drama follows Zhao Li, the manager of a small Sichuan opera troupe that lives and performs in a rundown theatre located on the outskirts of Chengdu, China. After receiving a notice saying the theatre is due to be demolished, she hides the news from everyone else and struggles to find a new place for her and the troupe to live and sing in.

Furthermore, Films Boutique is also handling Abou Leila [+see also:
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, the first feature by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène, which is competing in this year’s Critics' Week, and was produced by In Vivo Films and Thala Films. Set in Algeria in 1994, the film centres on two childhood friends who travel through the desert looking for the titular Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist on the run.

Furthermore, at the market, the company will be negotiating deals and organising screenings for this year’s Berlinale films Ghost Town Anthology by Denis Côté and Flesh Out [+see also:
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by Michela Occhipinti, as well as for Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding and Jacek Borcuch’s Dolce Fine Giornata [+see also:
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, both of which premiered at Sundance.

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