Four Palme d’Or contenders for mk2 Films at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- The films by Céline Sciamma, Justine Triet, Mati Diop and Corneliu Porumboiu look set to drum up some healthy business for the French group’s international sales team
On a hot streak after the 2018 edition, where it was selling five films from the Official Competition, the international sales team of French group mk2 Films, headed up by Juliette Schrameck (with help from Fionnuala Jamison), will be making its way to the Marché du Film at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May) with equally high expectations, as four titles on its slate are in the running for the 2019 Palme d’Or.
You could even say that the future belongs to mk2 Films, given that the four titles in question are helmed by filmmakers who will be taking part in the Cannes competition for the first time (and three of whom are women): Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
film profile] by France’s Céline Sciamma (toplined by Adèle Haenel – due for release in France on 18 September, courtesy of Pyramide Distribution), Sibyl [+see also:
film profile] by her fellow countrywoman Justine Triet (boasting a star-studded cast including Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Niels Schneider and Sandra Hüller – which will be distributed in French theatres by Le Pacte on the same day as its Cannes screening, 24 May), The Whistlers [+see also:
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
film profile] by Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu (distributed in France by Diaphana) and the French-Belgian-Senegalese co-production Atlantics [+see also:
interview: Mati Diop
film profile] by Mati Diop (a feature debut set to be released in France by Ad Vitam).
Interestingly, mk2 Films will be handling the French distribution of another hopeful for the Palme d’Or: Matthias & Maxime by Canada’s Xavier Dolan.
Also standing proud on the line-up is a feature debut by a female director that will be world-premiered in the Official Selection, as part of the Un Certain Regard programme: Port Authority by the USA’s Danielle Lessovitz.
At the Marché du Film, mk2 Films will also be pressing on with pre-sales for several titles in post-production: Gloria Mundi by Robert Guédiguian (see the article), Arab Blues by Manele Labidi (see the article – with Golshifteh Farahani in the lead role), A Girl Missing by Japan’s Koji Fukada and the documentary Looking for Gilles Carion by Mariana Otero.
(Translated from French)
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