CINEUROPA February, 12 | Fabien Lemercier
The French sales agent is pinning its hopes on the Berlin competition title by Brazil’s Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra as well as on the Panorama-screened documentary Days of Cannibalism.
French international sales agent Indie Sales will be able to boast a jam-packed line-up of 12 titles at the European Film Market of the 70th Berlinale (20 February-1 March). Standing out in particular is a feature that will be vying for the Golden Bear: All the Dead Ones by Brazilian duo Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra (Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 2017 for Good Manners). The movie, which has been produced by Brazilian outfit Dezenove Som e Imagens together with France’s Good Fortune Films (Clément Duboin and Florence Cohen), will have its official world premiere on Sunday 23 February.
The story, written by the pair of directors, kicks off in 1899, shortly after slavery has been abolished in Brazil. After the death of their last house slave, the three women of the Soares family are at a loss in the rapidly expanding city of São Paulo. The family, which once owned coffee plantations, is now on the brink of ruin and struggling to adapt. At the same time, the Nascimento family, who used to work as slaves on the Soares’ farm, now find themselves adrift in a society in which there is no place for recently freed black people. Interestingly, the cinematography was entrusted to Hélène Louvart (Alice Rohrwacher’s regular collaborator, who also turned heads last year for her work on The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão).
At Berlin, the Indie Sales team headed up by Nicolas Eschbach (who will be aided by Florencia Gil) will also have high hopes for the documentary Days of Cannibalism by US helmer Teboho Edkins, which will be unveiled in Panorama. Produced by France (Janja Kralj for KinoElektron) together with South Africa (Days Zero Films) and the Netherlands (Keplerfilm), the movie delves deep into Africa, to the western-like landscapes of today’s Lesotho, where modern pioneers of capitalism clash with local traditions, and aspiring Chinese merchants compete for supremacy with traditional Basotho cattle breeders.
Indie Sales will also be topping up the sales of Our Lady of the Nile by Atiq Rahimi, which was first revealed at Toronto and will have its European premiere at the Berlinale, in the Generation section.
Standing out among the movies being pre-sold (and currently in post-production) are On a Half Clear Morning by Bruno Dumont (a promo-reel of which will be unveiled at the EFM), Dead & Beautiful by Dutch director David Verbeek (a vampire flick set in an Asian megalopolis – a production by Lemming Film together with Taiwanese outfit House on Fire International) and the doc Bigger Than Us by Flore Vasseur (which follows seven young activists hailing from all over the world, and which is being produced by Marion Cotillard via the company All You Need, together with Big Mother Productions and Elzévir Films). And that’s not to mention the animated feature Calamity by France’s Rémi Chayé (Long Way North), which is currently in production. A promo-reel of this film will also be available to watch.
Lastly, Indie Sales will be organising market-premiere screenings of Adventures of a Mathematician by Thor Klein, Welcome to the Jungle by Hugo Benamozig and David Caviglioli (toplined by Vincent Dedienne and Catherine Deneuve), Man Up! by Benjamin Parent, Fishlove by Olivier Babinet (see the news) and Enormous by Sophie Letourneur (which premiered at Rotterdam).
As a reminder, Indie Sales’ Belgian subsidiary, Best Friend Forever, will also be hard at work at the EFM, showcasing several strong titles.