France's Memento Films has taken on international sales on Laurent Cantet's The Class. The film is currently in post-production and is scheduled for delivery in May.
The Class is Cantet's adaptation of best-selling novel Entre Les Murs about a young high-school teacher in a rough Parisian neighborhood who doesn't hesitate to push his students in order to motivate them. The novel's author, Francois Begaudeau, plays his own role in the film. Haut et Court produced and will release the film in France.
As previously reported, Memento is also handling international sales on Thai filmmaker Aditya Assarat's Wonderful Town. The first-time feature just earned a Tiger Award in Rotterdam and also scored a New Currents prize in Pusan last year. It will screen in the Forum section at Berlin. Wonderful Town is a love story set against the backdrop of a Thai village destroyed by the 2004 tsunami.
At the upcoming EFM, Memento will also be representing the first feature of Chilean director Jose Luis Torres Leiva, El Cielo, La Tierra Y La Lluvia which premiered in Rotterdam and took home a FIPRESCI prize.
Also at the EFM, Memento will unveil footage from Ursula Meier's Home starring Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet. A promo reel will be on hand for the dramatic comedy.
Memento's slate is complemented by Grown Ups from director Anna Novion and starring Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Judith Henry. The Swedish-French co-production is the story of an improbable quartet forced to cohabit in a rented house.
Further, My Only Sunshine from Reha Erdem is about a young girl's courage in the face of a harsh and unrelenting existence on the banks of the Bosporus and will be ready for summer 2008.
Completed films on the slate include Chinese documentary Useless by Jia Zhang-Ke; Philippe Aractingi's award-winning Under The Bombs and Michelange Quay's Eat For This Is My Body with Sylvie Testud and Catherine Samie.