Berlin buzz: market titles
As Berlin’s European Film Market kicks off, Screen looks at the hottest market debuts — at all stages of production — being offered by US, UK and European sellers
Summit International will unveil The Tomb from Emmett/Furla Films and Mark Canton. The action project unites Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, and is being directed by Mikael Hafstrom. Stallone plays a security expert trapped inside a prison who must enlist the help of a secretive inmate played by Schwarzenegger. The other marquee title is Alcon Entertainment’s Beautiful Creatures, which Richard LaGravenese will direct from his own adaptation of the Gothic trilogy about young lovers who uncover secrets about their town. Oscar nominee Viola Davis is attached and Warner Bros will release in the US.
Focus Features International will introduce buyers to its untitled thriller to star Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall. Focus and Working Title will begin production in April in the UK on the story of two former lovers who must work together on the defence team at a terrorism trial. John Crowley (Boy A) directs from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Steven Knight.
Stuart Ford’s IM Global will commence sales on The Happytime Murders, an R-rated puppet saga to be directed by Brian Henson from a script by Todd Berger. The action takes place in a world where puppets co-exist with humans but are regarded as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of a 1980s show die off one by one, a disgraced puppet detective has a shot at redemption. Katherine Heigl is in talks to star. IM Global also has Plush, an erotic thriller starring Evan Rachel Wood to be directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
Sierra/Affinity will be talking up Wer, from the film-making team behind the recent surprise US hit The Devil Inside. Production is set to start in April in Romania, and director William Brent Bell and co-writer Matthew Peterman are keeping the plot details under wraps. Also on the slate is the action project Everly. Set in one room, Kate Hudson stars as a woman who must repel wave after wave of attacks from assassins dispatched by her ex-husband. Crime Scene Pictures is financing and produces alongside Anonymous Content.
FilmNation will be selling Side Effects, to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. Open Road will release the thriller in 2013, and Endgame and 1984 Private Defense Contractors are financing and producing. Plot details remain under wraps. Production is scheduled to commence in April and the producers are in discussions with Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones to star.
Content arrives with a promo of The Numbers Station, starring John Cusack as a disgraced black-ops agent assigned to protect a code operator. Furst Films’ Sean Furst and Bryan Furst are producing alongside Nigel Thomas of Matador Pictures. The slate includes Sundance hit The Pact, about a woman who returns to her spooky family home for her mother’s funeral. IFC Films acquired US rights during Sundance.
Exclusive arrives with Can A Song Save Your Life from Once writer-director John Carney to star Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo. Exclusive Media is producing and Judd Apatow serves as executive producer on the story of a musically gifted couple who undergo great changes when they are invited to record an album in New York. Alex Walton and his team will be showing footage in Berlin. The slate includes fresh Sundance pick-up Robot & Frank, Jake Schreier’s festival favourite that stars Frank Langella as an elderly thief with a robotic caretaker. Samuel Goldwyn and SPWA will release in North America and SPWA holds rights in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe including Russia.
Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel’s new financing and sales company The Solution Entertainment Group comes to its maiden EFM with Writers, produced by Informant Media and Judy Cairo and set to start production in the spring. Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly star in the story about a year in the life of a novelist and his relationships. Peter Chelsom will direct Hector And The Search For Happiness, about a young psychiatrist’s global quest for contentment. Egoli Tossell Film and Wild Bunch Germany are producing the German-South African project.
Voltage Pictures will be tempting buyers with Code Name Geronimo, which started shooting on February 1 and recounts the Navy SEALS mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. John Stockwell directs and the project stars Cam Gigandet, William Fichtner and Xzibit. The slate includes action comedy The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman, scheduled to begin shooting on April 23. Shia LaBeouf plays a man who woos the girlfriend of a crime lord.
Hyde Park Entertainment brings in-competition title Jayne Mansfield’s Car, directed by and starring Billy Bob Thornton with Kevin Bacon, John Hurt, Ray Stevenson and Frances O’Connor. Also on the slate is Sundance hit Liberal Arts from Josh Radnor, who stars in the romance with Elizabeth Olsen. IFC Films acquired North American rights in Park City.
W2 Media is offering The Drummer starring Aaron Eckhart as Beach Boys percussionist Dennis Wilson. Vera Farmiga recently joined the cast as Fleetwood Mac chanteuse Christine McVie, who had an affair with Wilson. The project charts the final six years of his life before he drowned in 1983. W2 is co-financing and production is set to begin on June 15 in southern California and Savannah, Georgia. Randall Miller is directing from a screenplay written by partner Jody Savin. The slate includes the Tony Kaye thriller Attachment, set to star Sharon Stone as a woman who has an affair with a college student who becomes a stalker.
eOne International will be debuting two documentaries in Berlin. There will be a trailer for The Secret Disco Revolution, which focuses on the work of revisionist historians who claim the era played an important role in the protest movement and helped to liberate gays, blacks and women. BFI London Film Festival hit Dreams Of A Life is an investigation into the life of a woman whose body was found in her north London home in 2006, three years after she died.
Cargo Entertainment president of distribution Mark Lindsay will begin talks on the Rob Cohen action thriller Undone about a pharmaceutical heist that goes wrong. Peter Calloway wrote the screenplay and the project is out to cast with an eye on a summer shoot.
Mimi Steinbauer’s new sales company Radiant Films International launches with two titles, Lullaby and I Am. The former is a rom-com from producers Andrea Stone-Brokaw and Cary Brokaw to be directed by acclaimed visual artist Andrew Levitas. Production is set to begin in the spring. Tom Shadyac’s documentary I Am explores the meaning of life, as the film director recovers from a near-fatal motorbike accident.
Red Sea Media chief Roman Kopelevich will be in Berlin touting his new production, financing and sales house and launching sales on heist thriller Pawn and revenge saga Officer Down. David A Armstrong’s Pawn is said to be in the vein of Inside Man and stars Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Common, Sean Faris and Nikki Reed. Brian A Miller’s Officer Down stars Stephen Dorff, Dominic Purcell and James Woods in the story of a rogue police officer.
Shoreline holds worldwide rights to Let Go by Thousand Miles Entertainment, starring David Denman, Gillian Jacobs, Kevin Hart and Ed Asner. Brian Jett wrote and directed the comedy about an embattled parole officer. The company also has Generation title A Secret World (Un Mundo Secreto), about a Mexican girl who finishes school and sets off on a road trip.
Epic Pictures has just picked up international sales rights to the recent Sundance Midnight horror anthology V/H/S from genre directors Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, David Bruckner and the Radio Silence collective. The action takes place in a house as a team of petty criminals searches for a rare recording.
Myriad Pictures brings the intriguing double-project The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Hers. Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton will star in the projects about a troubled married couple that will shoot back-to-back and take the contrasting viewpoints of the male and female leads. Kirk D’Amico and his team are also talking up recent Sundance acquisition Nobody Walks, a romance starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie DeWitt.
Aldamisa arrives with an untitled Renny Harlin project based on a true-life story — contemporary students attempt to solve the mystery of a deadly 1959 ski expedition in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Principal photography is set to commence in April. The company will also be talking up the Machete sequel, Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills, which will again star Danny Trejo.
Visit Films arrives with a slate that includes Kirsten Sheridan’s Panorama entry Dollhouse, about a group of wild teenagers who break into a luxury home for a fateful night of revelry. Olivia Silver’s drama Arcadia plays in Generation and stars John Hawkes, fresh from his star turn in Sundance hit The Surrogate, as a father who moves his family across the country to start a new life in California. Fortunate Sons is in pre-production and will star Emily Watson in the story of a London honour killing.
Larry Meyers and Bobby Meyers’ recently formed Meyers Media Group will be talking up the Manhattan Project drama Midnight Sun to star Jesse Eisenberg and casino-set drama 7 Red, about a reformed cheat hired by casino owners. Both are in pre-production.
XYZ Films and sales partner Celluloid Nightmares have the sequel to The Raid, Gareth Evans’ high-octane martial-arts action story that recently received its US premiere in Sundance and will open in the US through Sony Pictures Classics. Production in Indonesia will take place later this year. The slate includes thriller Replicas with Selma Blair and James D’Arcy, and The Side Effect, a sci-fi tale with Liv Tyler that Ti West is directing and Ted Hope is producing.
Studio City Pictures sales chief Jim Harvey will arrive with two films produced by Jack and Joe Nasser of Studio City backers Nasser Entertainment. The first is summer shoot 5 Minutes To Live, which Jan de Bont will direct and centres on a bank manager who must complete a large transfer in order to save his wife’s life. Final Girl is about four teenage boys who choose the wrong victim for their initiation.
Bleiberg Entertainment has Dolph Lundgren attached to star in sci-fi actioner Battle Of The Damned, which will shoot in Malaysia and Singapore from June. The company’s slate also includes thriller Don’t Shoot The Piano Player, starring Vincent Gallo.
Lightning Entertainment arrives with the thriller Five Thirteen, about two brothers who agree to do one more delivery before quitting their criminal lives. Lightning will show a promo and the ensemble cast includes Danny Trejo, Taryn Manning and James Russo. The Hot Flashes is scheduled to begin shooting on February 13 in New Orleans and follows a no-nonsense middle-aged women’s basketball team. Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Melanie Griffith, Wanda Sykes and Camryn Manheim star.
Outsider Pictures holds the worldwide rights to a second market project to be directed by Rob Cohen: 1950 tells the story of US military involvement in Korea through the eyes of Pulitzer-winning war reporter Marguerite Higgins. CJ Entertainment and Grapevine Entertainment are financing.
Bankside comes to the EFM with hot new acquisitions The Great and Belle. Gillian Armstrong directs The Great, a $17m-budgeted comedy about the life of Catherine the Great, who will be played by Annette Bening. A Way Of Life writer-director Amma Asante has written Belle based on the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England; Damian Jones produces. The slate also includes Mat Whitecross’ music-themed Spike Island and Istvan Szabo’s The Door starring Helen Mirren, which has a first market screening.
Richard Ayoade’s The Double and buzzy Sundance docs Searching For Sugar Man and The Imposter are among Protagonist’s market debuts. Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg will star in Ayoade’s follow-up to Submarine, due to start shooting in the UK this spring. Sony Pictures Classics picked up US rights to Searching For Sugar Man out of Sundance while The Imposter went to Revolver and Picturehouse for the UK. Ben Wheatley’s Kill List follow-up Sightseers and Nick Love’s actioner The Sweeney starring Ray Winstone and Ben Drew are screening on promo, while Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now starring Saoirse Ronan is in development.
Ealing Metro’s slate includes market debuts for love story Half Of A Yellow Sun starring Dominic Cooper, Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Jessica Yu’s documentary Last Call At The Oasis. Regan Hall’s Fast Girls screens on promo while Iain Softley’s completed thriller Trap For Cinderella has a first market screening. In pre-production is drama Better Living Through Chemistry with Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell. Michael Winterbottom’s hot-seller Bailout, to star Jack Black, is also in pre-production.
HanWay will be introducing buyers to The Darkness from The Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm and Sunshine Cleaning writer Megan Holley. The haunted-house thriller will star Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing). There are also promos for Mike Newell’s Great Expectations starring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Jeremy Irvine; Bernardo Bertolucci’s Me And You (Io E Te); action adventure Kon-Tiki; and Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet. Michael Hoffman’s Girls Night Out now has Juno Temple in the cast.
WestEnd will be teasing first footage of Neil Jordan’s vampire horror Byzantium starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, which has already sold to StudioCanal for the UK, as well as a promo of comedy-horror Lovebite. There will also be a promo for Gabriele Salvatores’ first English-language film Siberian Education, starring John Malkovich, while Catherine Hardwicke’s Knockout starring Noomi Rapace and Ola Rapace is in pre-production.
Fandango Portobello’s slate includes Daniele Vicari’s controversial Panorama drama Diaz — Don’t Clean Up This Blood about the brutal police attack on activists during the G8 Summit in 2001, with French and Italian rights already sold. There will be a clip and images of Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone’s next project, a story about the Italian obsession with appearing on TV, which is in post-production. Ferzan Ozpetek is in post on comic ghost story Magnifica Presenza, starring Margherita Buy and Elio Germano.
K5 is touting all-star Bille August drama Night Train To Lisbon, in which Jeremy Irons plays a Swiss professor who embarks on a thrilling journey, comedy High School starring Adrien Brody and documentary Highway Gospel. Naomi Foner’s recently announced Very Good Girls starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen is in pre-production, while Vehicle 19 starring Paul Walker will screen on promo.
Independent offers the first market screening of SXSW-bound musical comedy Hunky Dory starring Minnie Driver; a promo of Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, as well as promos for Noel Clarke-starrer Storage 24 and thriller uwantme2killhim?.
The Salt Company will be screening Sundance Midnight Movie comedy-horror Grabbers from Jon Wright and in-demand thriller Cleanskin. Matthew Parkhill’s parkour action film Twist, Rupert Glasson’s sci-fi Skylab and documentary Dolphin: A 3D Adventure are in pre-production.
SC Films arrives with the first market screenings of UK horror When The Lights Went Out, thriller Tower Block and Animation Picture Company’s The Outback 3D, a family comedy with voices from Alan Cumming, Tim Curry and Rob Schneider.
Goldcrest will be showing a promo of period drama Cheerful Weather For The Wedding starring Elizabeth McGovern, Felicity Jones and Luke Treadaway, and first footage of Pat O’Connor’s rites-of-passage story Private Peaceful. There will be screenings of Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse and Lucy Walker’s Oscar-nominated short documentary The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom.
Panorama romance-thriller Comes A Bright Day starring Imogen Poots, Craig Roberts and Timothy Spall has its first market screening for Intandem, while Jules Stewart’s K-11 screens on promo and The Mulo with Samantha Morton is in pre-production. Kari Skogland’s Prisoner Of Tehran is out to cast.
Stealth Media’s Panorama entry Iron Sky has festival and market screenings while romantic comedy Belle Du Seigneur with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, drama Foreverland with Demian Bichir and Juliette Lewis and The Giant Mechanical Man all have market screenings. Projects in pre-production include comedy Emotional Rescue with David Tennant and Heather Graham, horror Fangs Of War and The Anatomist. Ryuhei Kitamura’s Marble City is in development.
Timeless Films’ strong animation line-up includes three 3D projects currently in production: Postman Pat: The Movie 3D, Justin And The Knights Of Valour — featuring the voices of Freddie Highmore, Saoirse Ronan and Antonio Banderas — and Troll: The Tale Of A Tail.
AV Pictures brings a first promo and selected scenes of Menhaj Huda’s horror film Comedown starring Adam Deacon, as well as a promo for road movie The Liability starring Tim Roth, Jack O’Connell and Talulah Riley.
The Works comes to Berlin with completed Terri Hooley biopic Good Vibrations, starring Richard Dormer, Dylan Moran and Jodie Whittaker, and Australian horror film 100 Bloody Acres.
Carey Fitzgerald’s High Point has two new completed horror projects: Claustrofobia from the Netherlands and Community from the UK.
Moviehouse will be showing the first footage of Nativity 2! The Second Coming. David Tennant stars in the sequel to the 2009 local hit. Riot On Redchurch Street gets a promo while Junkhearts with Eddie Marsan and Big Fat Gypsy Gangster are also on the slate.
Jinga’s comedy horror Black Forest: Hansel And Gretel And The 420 Witch is in post and has a promo, while Rites Of Spring gets a first market screening.
Goalpost will be showing a new promo of Australian drama The Sapphires starring Chris O’Dowd.
Genesis Film Sales’ titles include doc I, Superbiker — The Showdown 2012, The Wee Man and Piggy.
Kaleidoscope has completed thriller Victim starring Ashley Chin and Adam Deacon while Hooligan and Interview With A Hitman are in post.
Celsius’ slate includes Turn Me On, Dammit! and Angels Crest.
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StudioCanal will begin sales on The Last Exorcism 2, which has just started shooting. Ed Gass-Donnelly, best known for Small Town Murder Songs, directs with Eli Roth producing under the Arcade Pictures banner. The company will also be unveiling more details on Joel and Ethan Coen’s upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis set against the New York folk scene in the 1960s and featuring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund in the cast. The company will also screen a promo for its biopic My Way about legendary French singer Claude Francois.
Le Pacte will show a first promo reel for Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi’s adaptation of The Patience Stone. Co-scripted with Jean-Claude Carriere, it is Rahimi’s first picture since 2002’s Earth And Ashes. Le Pacte also hopes to unveil first images of now-shooting Guillaume Nicloux’s adaptation of Diderot’s 18th-century classic The Nun starring Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert and Louise Bourgoin.
Wild Bunch will start sales on Cristian Mungiu’s first film in five years, an as-yet-untitled thriller set against the backdrop of a remote convent and touching on exorcism and insanity, as well as Ziad Doueiri’s The Attack, an adaptation of Yasmina Khadra’s book about a Palestinian doctor whose wife dies in a suicide attack.
Pathé International will hold a market premiere for Alain Chabat’s long-awaited jungle adventure caper Houba! On The Trail Of The Marsupilami, starring the actor as a reporter opposite Jamel Debbouze as his guide. The company will also show a first promo for romantic comedy Un Bonheur N’Arrive Jamais Seule, the latest picture from Lucky Luke and Brice De Nice director James Huth, co-starring Sophie Marceau and Gad Elmaleh.
TF1 will hold a market premiere for Ol Parker’s Now Is Good starring Dakota Fanning as a terminally ill 17-year-old determined to live large during her final days. The company will also show a first promo reel for Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott’s Australia-set surfing drama Drift starring Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel. The company will also show a promo for Claude Miller’s Thérese Desqueyroux.
Memento will unveil the latest project from Agnes Jaoui, Under The Rainbow (Au Bout Du Conte). A script is available for the $13m project following a group of modern-day characters through the imagery of traditional fairy tales.
SND will start sales on Julien Leclercq’s Gibraltar-set thriller The Informant (L’Aviseur), about a French restaurant owner who falls prey to drug traffickers. A Prophet scriptwriter Abdel Raouf Dafri penned the screenplay, which is based on a true story. Gilles Lellouche, Vincent Lindon and Roberto Scamarcio will star in the $26m production due to start shooting on April 2. SND will also hold a market premiere for Pascal Laugier’s English-language thriller The Tall Man starring Jessica Biel as a woman in pursuit of her child’s kidnapper.
Kinology will show a first promo for romantic comedy Fly Me To The Moon (Le Plan Parfait), the latest picture from Untouchable producers Quad which re-unites the team behind Heartbreaker — Quad producer/writer Laurent Zeitoun and director Pascal Chaumeil.
Europacorp is set to unveil US screenwriter David Marconi’s English-language, Morocco-set thriller Intersection. Featuring Frank Grillo, Roschdy Zem, Marie-Josée Croze, Charlie Bewley and Moussa Maaskri in the cast, the film is in production. The company will also reveal new elements of thriller Mobius, starring The Artist’s Jean Dujardin.
Films Distribution will start sales on Canadian director Kim Nguyen’s competition title War Witch about a child soldier who is believed to have magical powers. It also has Brillante Mendoza’s Captive in competition, and is selling Rotterdam opener 38 Witnesses by Lucas Belvaux.
Urban Distribution International’s newest titles include The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears (in Panorama) and Argentinian drama Un Amor.
French powerhouse Elle Driver has added the Sundance Midnight title Black Rock to a busy slate that also includes Sundance hit comedy Bachelorette and Berlinale opener Farewell My Queen.
Wide Management offers Japanese documentary Nuclear Nation, Serbian box-office hit comedy The Parade and French-Senegal production Aujourd’hui, all festival selections.
Fortissimo will offer market screenings of Yonfan’s Singapore-set drama Bugis Street Redux and music documentary El Gusto. Quentin Lee’s US family drama White Frog is in post. The company is also selling Kevin Macdonald’s documentary Marley, which world-premieres at the festival.
One title resurrected in time for the EFM is Raul Ruiz’s Lines Of Wellington, which is in post-production and which Paulo Branco’s Alfama will be selling in Berlin. After Ruiz’s death in August, it appeared certain the project would stall. However, Ruiz’s editor and widow Valeria Sarmiento has taken over directing duties. The cast — including John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert — was kept on board. The film is now in post.
Scandinavian sales powerhouse TrustNordisk has an especially strong slate, including Swedish political thriller Call Girl directed by Mikael Marcimain and starring Pernilla August, and Thomas Vinterberg’s latest The Hunt (in post, with a cast including Mads Mikkelsen). The company is beginning pre-sales on 14th-century action adventure Escape directed by Roar Uthaug (Cold Prey). Other titles include A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm’s follow-up to R), Icelandic thriller Black’s Game (fresh from its world premiere in Rotterdam); and IDFA prize-winning doc The Ambassador. Festival titles include A Royal Affair and Crown Jewels, and also among the slate is Jan Troell’s Truth & Consequence, currently in post. And the company now has a script to show buyers for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac.
The Yellow Affair has first market screenings for thriller Rat King from Finland and Estonia; and US thriller The Mooring, about a houseboat full of teenage girls who must dock in a remote area.
LevelK’s newest additions to its slate include Norwegian family film Coming Home, about tough girls and horses; and Glasgow-set rom-com Not Another Happy Ending, shooting in May.
Sola Media brings family titles Marco Macaco — Let’s Go Bananas and Victor And The Secret Of The Crocodile Mansion. Its Lotte And The Moonstone Secret plays in Generation.
Svensk is screening a promo of Danish artist drama Marie Kroyer; has screenings of hot-selling thriller Agent Hamilton — In The Interest Of The Nation; and is planning a summer shoot for Swedish thriller The Paganini Contract (adapted from the Lars Kepler bestseller). Now shooting is another Kepler adaptation, Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hypnotist starring Mikael Persbrandt.
NonStop Sales has the first market screening of Gothenberg winner Company Orheim, a Norwegian drama about a teenage boy growing up with an alcoholic father and an abused mother.
Among German sellers, The Match Factory has Bence Fliegauf’s Just The Wind, Hans-Christian Schmid’s Home For The Weekend and Christian Petzold’s Barbara in competition; plus other festival selections Edwin’s Postcards From The Zoo, Miguel Gomes’ Tabu and The Wall starring Martina Gedeck.
Beta is handling Doris Dörrie’s festival selection Bliss, a Constantin production about a war refugee who befriends a punk, Norwegian co-production Mercy about a family who starts a new life on the coast of the Arctic Sea. And there will also be the first market screening of San Fu Maltha-produced biopic Suskind.
Global Screen, the new company combining sales operations of Bavaria and Telepool, has titles including Italian family drama Cavalli; now-completed black comedy Eddie — The Sleepwalking Cannibal; and German family film Yoko.
Films Boutique has Bohdan Slama’s Czech drama 4 Suns fresh from Sundance and Rotterdam; Belgian festival hit comedy Come As You Are in its first market screening; and Romania’s Everybody In Our Family, a Forum selection, among other titles.
M-Appeal is handling sales of Generation title Electrick Children, about a Morman girl who thinks her pregnancy is caused by rock music. Atlas has Los-Angeles-set Jonah & The Whale in pre-production with a cast including Ashley Tisdale and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
Poland’s New Europe Film Sales, now moving into features, is selling Rotterdam selection Now, Forager: A Film About Love and Fungi, an American independent film about a couple trying to live by foraging mushrooms for restaurants.
From Spain, Filmax has Antonio Chavarrias’ Childish Games in competition and the hot political thriller Invader, now shooting; DeAPlaneta is in post on drama Operation E, directed by Miguel Courtois.
6Sales is beginning pre-sales on children’s fantasy Mariah Mundi directed by Jonathan Newman and starring Michael Sheen, Mark Strong and Lena Headey. It is also handling pre-sales on Young Ones, directed by Jake Paltrow and starring Casey Affleck, Jamie Bell and Elle Fanning. The company is also handling Alex de la Iglesia’s comedy As Luck Would Have It, a Berlinale Special selection starring Salma Hayek; and Graystone, a supernatural horror film directed by Sean Stone, son of Oliver Stone.
Imagina has first market screenings of dramas 6 Points About Emma and Evelyn.
Latido has market debuts of serial killer drama Frozen Silence and Chilean Sundance prize-winner Violeta Went To Heaven.
Italy’s Intramovies has the first market screening of Rotterdam selection The Legend Of Kaspar Hauser starring Vincent Gallo.
Finally, RAI Trade has Massimo Venier’s One More Day, an Italian comedy about a man whose life is changed when he meets a girl on a tram.
Reporting by Melanie Goodfellow, Jeremy Kay, Geoffrey Macnab, Wendy Mitchell and Andreas Wiseman