Memento principals Emilie Georges and Alexandre Mallet-Guy and ID Distribution's Isabelle Dubar have combined their teams and are planning to 'take bigger risks on bigger projects,' via the new structure, Georges says.
While the company has 13 films on its distribution slate for the coming year, Georges hopes to reduce that to about 10 or 11 next year. Memento and ID (which are neither changing names nor labeling the new structure with a particular moniker) have completed their first joint-acquisition with Angosto by Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo. The companies will co-distribute the Venice competitor in France.
On the sales side of business, Memento is bringing two new films to the Unifrance Rendez-Vous, which kicks off tomorrow.
The first is Mange, Ceci Est Mon Corps, a feature debut by Haitian director Michelange Quay who participated in the Cannes Film Festival Atelier last year. The film will be ready for Cannes this year.
The second film is Les Sapins Bleus, a comedic whodunit from another first timer, Romauld Beugnon, starring Jean-Pierre Cassel, Micheline Presle and Philippe Nahon.
The companies are actively seeking out new projects to add to their sales line up with a planned six to eight films per year and will be present both in Berlin and Sundance in the coming weeks.