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CANNES 2021 Marché du Film

Bac Films gets battle-ready with Our Men

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- The Marché du Film will see the French sales agent wagering on Rachel Lang’s second feature, selected for the Directors’ Fortnight, as well as on The Murder Party

Bac Films gets battle-ready with Our Men
Our Men by Rachel Lang

In action since yesterday at the Pre-Cannes Screenings (unfolding online from 21 to 25 June), which are taking place within the 74th Cannes Film Festival's Marché du Film (which will switch to its physical form from 6 to 15 July), Parisian group Bac Films’ international sales division boasts a title in its line-up which is set to enjoy its world premiere in a little over three weeks, in the Directors’ Fortnight’s closing slot: Our Men [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rachel Lang
film profile
]
by Rachel Lang.

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Having turned a great many heads with her first feature film Baden Baden [+see also:
film review
trailer
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, which world premiered in the 2016 Berlinale Forum, before touring over 60 international festivals and enjoying distribution in a dozen or so territories (including Germany, the UK, the USA and China), the French director and Belgian resident has assembled a cast for this new opus, composed of Louis Garrel (whom we’ll also be seeing in Cannes in The Story of My Wife [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ildikó Enyedi
film profile
]
and in La croisade, which he directed himself) and Camille Cottin (also gracing the Croisette showcase in Stillwater and hitting cinemas in November by way of Gucci), who will be joined by the late Lithuanian actress Ina Marija Bartaité (who passed away in April at 25 years of age as a result of a traffic accident), Russia’s Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Naidra Ayadi and Jean Michelangeli.

Written by the director (who is herself a long-serving member of the French Armed Forces), the story is pitched as follows: They come from all over the world, but they have one thing in common: their new family The Foreign Legion. Our Men tells these stories: stories of women who struggle to keep their love fire burning; stories of men who leave for battle; stories of loving couples on hostile ground.

With production co-steered by French firm Chevaldeuxtrois (Jérémy Forni) and Belgian outfit Wrong Men (Benoît Roland), Our Men (whose photography comes courtesy of Belgium’s Fiona Braillon) lists its partners as Canal+, Ciné+, RTBF, Proximus, Voo and Be tv, Mubi, the CNC (via an advance on receipts) the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre, the Collectivity of Corsica, the Bruxelles-Capitale, Grand Est, Normandy and Strasbourg Eurométropole regions, Procirep and Angoa, the SOFICA companies Manon and Cinémage, and the Gan Film Foundation, among others. The film’s release in French cinemas will take place on 6 October, via Bac Films themselves.

The Marché du Film will also see the Bac sales team - led by Marine Goulois - pre-selling Nicolas Pleskof’s police comedy in post-production The Murder Party (lire l’article) on the basis of a promo reel, while Belgian director Stephan Streker’s film The Enemy [+see also:
film review
interview: Stephan Streker
film profile
]
enjoyed an outing at the Pre-Cannes Screenings yesterday. All without forgetting the finished films on the sales agent’s agenda: Home [+see also:
interview: Franka Potente
film profile
]
by Germany’s Franka Potente, The Case [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by French helmer Bernard Stora and The Man Who Sold His Skin [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kaouther Ben Hania
film profile
]
by Tunisia’s Kaouther Ben Hania (rewarded in Venice’s Orizzonti section and nominated for 2021’s Best International Film Oscar).

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(Translated from French)

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