After a successful Sundance, French sales house Elle Driver is revving up for the European Film Market with new titles from Rachid Bouchareb and Warwick Thornton.
Bouchareb's latest, London River, has its world premiere in competition at Berlin. It is his first film since the Oscar-nominated Days Of Glory which took the ensemble acting prize at Cannes in 2006. The drama, in English, stars Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate. Set in London, the story centers on the journey of a Muslim man and a Christian woman as they search for their respective children following the July, 2005 bombings.
Thornton 's film, Samson & Delilah, is the director's first feature. In English, and the indigenous Australian dialect Warlpiri, the drama stars Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson and Scott Thornton in a coming of age tale of young lovers who set off from their sleepy Aboriginal community to discover the world outside.
As previously reported on ScreenDaily Sundance also saw Elle Driver pick up John Hindman's Arlen Faber and R.J. Cutler's Anna Wintour documentary The September Issue, which will both screen at the EFM along with Tommy Wirkola's Dead Snow, Gerardo Naranjo's Voy A Explotar and Pascale Pouzadoux's Changing Sides. (IFC bought US rights to Snow and Explotar from Elle Driver at Sundance).