SCREEN November 4, 2013 | By Melanie Goodfellow
Former Le Pacte sales executive joins sales veteran’s fledgling Paris-based sales company.
Former Le Pacte sales executive Naomi Denamur has joined fledgling Paris-based Indie Sales, where she will be in charge of international sales and acquisitions alongside company founder Nicolas Eschbach.
Denamur spent four years at Le Pacte, which she joined in 2009 to head-up a newly created library division before moving on to general film sales. Prior to that, she worked at Celluloid Dreams and Spain’s Imagina.
In the past, she has handled films by a number of high-profile directors including François Ozon, Christophe Honoré, Mathieu Amalric and Wim Wenders as well as, more recently, documentaries such as the Amazonia 3Dand feature-length animation titles including The Day Of The Crows.
Denamur’s first outing in her new role will be the Rome Film Festival’s International Film Market, which kicks off next week.
The company also announced on Monday that it had acquired international rights to Shirel Amitay’s feature-length, Franco-Israeli co-production Atlit, which is currently shooting in Israel.
Set against the backdrop of the period surrounding the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, the film stars Geraldine Nakache, Yael Abecassis and Judith Chemla as three sisters who return to their family home – set amid picturesque olive groves – to sell it off following the deaths of their elderly parents. They discover that selling off the past is not that easy.
The picture marks the feature-length debut for Amitay, a long-time collaborator with directors Claire Simon and Jacques Rivette. Prior to entering pre-production for Atlit, Amitay was assistant director on Simon’s Gare du Nord.
Atlit is currently shooting in Israel and is due for a spring 2014 delivery. Ad Vitam will release the film in France.
Former TF1 sales and acquisition chief Eschbach launched Indie Sales last Cannes alongside producer Eric Névé with ambitions to distribute 12 titles a year. The outfit is entirely financed by Axone, a private fund specialising in French audiovisual investment.
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