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Memento adds indie darlings project with So-Yong Kim

The slate also includes Juliette Binoche in Sponsoring and Cate Shortland’s Lore.

Memento Films International has added three titles to its slate as Cannes begins. The first is For Ellen by So-Yong Kim. Currently shooting, the film boasts a cornucopia of indie darlings including Paul Dano, Jena Malone and Jon Heder. The story follows an aspiring young rock star who, in the midst of a divorce, decides to become a bigger part of his six-year-old daughter’s life. Kim, Jen Gatien and Bradley Rust-Gray are producing with delivery set for spring 2011.

Next up is a first film from Malgorzata Szumowska. Sponsoring stars Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche, Joanna Kulig and Anais Demoustier in a look at young women who turn to prostitution to fund their university studies. Binoche plays a journalist who meets two young women doing just that and ultimately finds she is affected more profoundly than she might have thought.

Marianne Slot of Slot Machine is producing with Zentropa Poland and Zentropa Koln co-producing. Shooting begins at the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Lore, from award-winning Australian director Cate Shortland is currently in pre-production. Based on the Booker Prize-nominated novel The Dark Room, the film is set in spring 1945 as the German front collapses. With her Nazi parents imprisoned, 14-year-old Lore is left alone in charge of her four young siblings until they embark on a 900 kilometer journey across the country to get to their grandmother’s house.

Rohfilm, Edge City Films, Porchlight Films and KGP are producing with delivery set for spring 2011.

Memento has two films in selection in Cannes: Gilles Marchand’s Black Heaven and Julie Bertucelli’s closing night film The Tree.

The company will also show the world market premiere of Coline Serreau’s documentary Think Global, Act Rural.

Finally, Pawel Pawlikowski’s is currently shooting Memento title The Woman In The Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas.
 

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