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Memento boards thriller Back in Crime

Paris-based sales company also set to premiere first images from Jim Mickle’s cannibal picture We Are What We Are [pictured].

Memento has picked up world sales on Germinal Alvarez’ debut picture Back in Crime starring Jean-Hugues Anglade as a police inspector on the hunt for a serial killer known as the Eardrum Slasher.

Anglade, last seen in Canal Plus’ popular police series Braquo, (a recent US acquisition for Hulu), plays Richard Kemp, a police inspector who has been trying to solve a series of slasher murders for more than 20 years.

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Mélanie Thierry co-stars as a psychologist who gives evidence after witnessing an attack. In a strange twist, Kemp travels back in time to the site of the first murder and tries to change the course of history.

The $5m French-language picture, produced by French distributor and producer Haut et Court, shot over the summer in the French port town of Rochelle and is currently in post-production. A promo is available.

It is the latest genre addition to Memento’s slate. The Paris-based company will also premiere a first promo reel for Jim Mickle’s cannibal We Are What We Are, a US remake of Mexican horror film Somo Lo Que Hay, starring Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Bill Sage and Kelly McGillis.

“We’re so thrilled with the footage we’ve seen.It blew away all our expectations… it has this mix of creeping tension and outbursts of terror, beautiful cinematography and awesome performances,” says Memento head of sales Tanja Meissner.

Sales to date include to Germany (Koch), Turkey (Calinos), the Middle East (Falcon). Entertainment One did a multi-territory deal for the UK, Canada, Scandinavia, South Africa and France. Memento is co-handling US sales with WME.

Memento will also unveil a new promo for Agnès Jaoui’s Under the Rainbow, which also racked up sales to Scandinavia (Non Stop), Austria (FilmLaden), Poland and Hungary (Kino Swiat), Brazil (Providence Filmes) South Korea (Sponge). Memento Films Distribution will the French release.

The big upcoming title on the Memento slate is Iranian Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi’s highly anticipated project starring Bérénice Béjo and Tahar Rahim, which began shooting in Paris for 15 weeks at the beginning of October. 

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