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BERLINALE 2022 EFM

15 films to be touted in Berlin by Kinology

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- Yasmine Benkiran's Queens has been added to the sales agent’s slate, which also includes Emmanuel Mouret, Jean-Paul Civeyrac and Manu Laskar, as well as Luc Besson’s reboot of the Arthur franchise

15 films to be touted in Berlin by Kinology
Queens by Yasmine Benkiran

After last year, which saw no less than four of their titles selected to compete in Cannes (Annette [+see also:
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, The Divide [+see also:
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interview: Catherine Corsini
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, Bergman Island [+see also:
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interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
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and Ahed’s Knee [+see also:
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interview: Nadav Lapid
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), French international sales agent Kinology (steered by Grégoire Melin) is prepping to go back on the attack at the European Film Market (unfolding online from 10 to 17 February), which is taking place within the 72nd Berlinale.

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Jostling among the 15 films in their line-up are some markedly diverse post-production aces, including the animated title Arthur Malediction by Barthélémy Grossmann, which was produced and written by Luc Besson in a reboot of the franchise previously consisting of Arthur and the Invisibles [+see also:
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(2006), Arthur and the Vengence of Maltazard [+see also:
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(2009) and Arthur 3 and the War of Two Worlds [+see also:
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(2010). The film homes in on 18-year-old Alex who’s been a fan of the Arthur fantasy film series since he was a child. When his close-knit group of friends surprises him with trip to an abandoned house where the film was shot, they unwittingly walk headlong into a twisted, mortal trap. What was once a childhood dream soon turns into a very real nightmare...

Pre-sales are also set to kick off on Yasmine Benkiran’s first fiction feature Queens (listen to the podcast about the funding of the film). Currently in post-production with completion due for the spring, the film opens in Casablanca, Morocco. A trio of women are being chased by the police. This will be the beginning of a long time spent on the run for our protagonists, whose flight takes them across the rugged red terrain and flower-filled valleys of the Atlas Mountains, before finally leading them to the Atlantic coast… Produced by Jean des Forêts and Amélie Jacquis on behalf of French firm Petit Films, the feature also involves Deuxième Ligne Films, Morocco’s Mont Fleuri, Belgium’s Need Productions and the Netherlands’ KeyFilm. The film’s release in France will be steered by Tandem Films.

Another work joining the Kinology line-up is The Medium, directed by and starring Manu Laskar (read our article – supported by cast-members Louise Bourgoin, Noémie Lvovsky and Maud Wyler), which now graces a post-production film slate still boasting Diary of a Fleeting Affair [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Mouret and A Woman by Jean-Paul Civeyrac (starring Sophie Marceau and Johan Heldenbergharticle).

The EFM will also see Kinology pursuing presales on David Alaux’s animated film in pre-production Argonuts, as well as on a handful of finished films, including Heartbeast by Finland’s Aino Suni (which just enjoyed its premiere in Göteborg), After Blue [+see also:
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by Bertrand Mandico, Vanishing by Denis Dercourt, Eugénie Grandet [+see also:
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by Marc Dugain, Rose [+see also:
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by Aurélie Saada and Third Grade [+see also:
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by Jacques Doillon.

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(Translated from French)

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