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BERLINALE 2021 EFM

True Colours is touting the psychological thriller The Guest Room

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- The Italian international sales agency’s line-up at the Berlin-based market also includes 200 Meters, Zanka Contact, Why Not You and Il materiale emotivo

True Colours is touting the psychological thriller The Guest Room
The Guest Room by Stefano Lodovichi

Released by Lucky Red on Prime Video’s VOD service back in January, Stefano Lodovichi’s The Guest Room [+see also:
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is the first title to be offered up by True Colours at the Berlinale’s European Film Market (1-5 March). Guido Caprino, Camilla Filippi and Edoardo Pesce star in the cast of this claustrophobic psychological thriller, which was shot during lockdown and inspired by the Hikikomori phenomenon.

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When Mom Is Away... With the Family [+see also:
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, meanwhile, is a family comedy produced by Colorado in collaboration with Medusa, which sees the couple composed of Fabio De Luigi and Valentina Lodovini reunite after the well-favoured work When Mom is Away [+see also:
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. Diego Abatantuono stars alongside the duo in this sequel which was also directed by Alessandro Genovese.

Three European co-productions likewise appear within True Colours’ line-up. Firstly, the drama 200 Meters [+see also:
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, which is directed by Ameen Nayfeh and which scooped awards at the Venice Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori 2020 event and at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, as well as triumphing at other international gatherings. Coming courtesy of Palestine, Jordan, Italy, Qatar and Sweden - via Odeh Films, MeMo Films, Adler Entertainment, Metafora, Film i Skåne and Way Feature Films – the film stars Ali Suliman and Lana Zreik, and follows in the footsteps of Mustafa and his wife Salwa who live exactly 200 metres away from one another, in villages separated by the West Bank Barrier. Zanka Contact [+see also:
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, meanwhile, is a French-Moroccan-Belgian co-production by Barney Production in co-production with Mont Fleuri Production and Velvet Films, which won actress Khansa Batma the Best Actress trophy in Venice’s Orizzonti competition last year. Marking Ismaël El Iraki’s cinema debut, Zanka Contact is a tagine western set in Casablanca which follows two lost souls who overcome trauma via love and rock and roll. Ahmed Hammoud stars alongside the protagonist. The third co-production to hail from Europe, Why Not You [+see also:
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, is an LGBT drama which won an award at the Zurich Film Festival 2020 and is directed by Evi Romen and produced by Amour Fou (Austria) in co-production with Take Five (Belgium). The film stars Thomas Prenn, Noah Saavedra and Josef Mohamed in its cast and tells the story of a man who loses a childhood friend in a terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Rome.

Additional works gracing the True Colours’ line-up are Francesca Mazzoleni’s documentary Punta Sacra [+see also:
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, Emiliano Corapi’s romantic comedy Love Under House Arrest [+see also:
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, Jasmine Trinca’s short film Being My Mom and, in post-production, Paolo Genovese’s new romantic drama Supereroi, starring Jasmine Trinca, Alessandro Borghi and Greta Scarano, and Sergio Castellitto’s Il materiale emotivo, which sees the very same Castellitto starring alongside Bérénice Bejo and Matilda De Angelis.

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(Translated from Italian)

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