Just one day to go until Indie Sales hits Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- In addition to two films showcasing in the Un Certain Regard and Directors’ Fortnight segments, the French firm will also launch pre-sales for Rémi Chayé’s new animated feature
The French international sales company Indie Sales will be turning up for tomorrow’s Marché du Film at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (running 14 to 25 May) with a solid line-up of ten titles tucked confidently under its arm. The team which is helmed by Nicolas Eschbach (who is now supported by Florencia Gil) and which recently opened a Belgian subsidiary (Best Friend Forever) is banking on two trump cards in the form of two world premieres set to grace the Croisette: Summer of Changsha by Chinese director Zu Feng, screening in the Official Selection as part of the Un Certain Regard offering, and The Halt by Filippino filmmaker Lav Diaz (which will be distributed in France by ARP Sélection) within the Directors’ Fortnight.
A regular feature in the world of animated film (stand-out titles including My Life As A Courgette [+see also:
interview: Claude Barras
film profile] and Another Day of Life [+see also:
interview: Raul de la Fuente
film profile]), Indie Sales has just added a full-length animation which is currently in production to its line-up: Calamity by French filmmaker Rémi Chayé, which will be pre-sold on the basis of its script and an exclusive promotional teaser. Discovered by way of Long Way North [+see also:
film profile] (winner of the Audience Award at Annecy 2015 and nominated at the 2017 Lumières Awards for Best Animated Film), the director delves into the USA of 1863, following in the wake of a young 12-year-old girl who will later become the legendary Calamity Jane. Pre-sold on the basis of its script and a promotional teaser, with the final product due to released in 2020, this feature film is produced by the French outfit Maybe Movies alongside Danish firm Nørlum.
Indie Sales will also be pre-selling three other titles on the basis of script and promo reels at the Marché du Film, though this time films of a post-production kind: the French-Belgian-Rwandan co-production Our Lady of The Nile, by Atiq Rahimi, Adventures of a Mathematician by Thor Klein (produced by Poland, Germany and the UK and retracing the steps of Stan Ulam, who is offered a mysterious post in 1942 and who subsequently finds himself in Los Alamos, ensconced within a team secretly working on the first atomic bomb) and Knocked Up by Sophie Letourneur (starring Marina Foïs). Also checking into post-production is Little Man by Benjamin Parent (read our article), which will also be pre-sold on the basis of its script.
Standing out among other films new to the Indie Sales line-up is the ecological documentary Bigger Than Us by Flore Vasseur, for which shooting is currently underway, and which is produced by Marion Cotillard (via the company All You Need) alongside Big Mother Productions and Elzévir Films.
And finally, readying itself for a premiere taking place at the Marché itself is And The Birds Rained Down by the Canadian director Louise Archambault, with screenings also scheduled for Romulus and Remus - The First King [+see also:
film profile], by the Italian filmmaker Matteo Rovere, and the animated transmedia documentary Zero Impunity [+see also:
film profile] by Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies and Denis Lambert.
In short, an impressive array to be added to the list of titles which already hit the big screen in the first half of 2019, such as Yolande Zauberman’s documentary M [+see also:
film profile] and Psychobitch [+see also:
film profile] by Norway’s Martin Lund.
(Translated from French)
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