m-appeal has picked up Argentinian director Gabriel Lichtmann’s How To Win Enemies ahead of the Marché du Film in Cannes.
The Doménica Films production, which had its world premiere during the BAFICI festival in Buenos Aires last month, centres on a young lawyer who believes he has finally found his ideal woman until she disappears without a trace – and with his life savings
The Berlin-based sales agent has also added three new LGBT titles to its line-up.
The films are Israeli filmmaker Michal Vinik’s coming of age lesbian love story Barash, actor-director Gerald McCullouch’s Daddy, based on Dan Via’s acclaimed play of the same name, and Micaela Rueda’s UIO: Take Me For A Ride.
M-appeal will also be continuing sales in Cannes for such films as veteran German director Rosa von Praunheim’s latest feature Tough Love (Härte) which premiered at the Berlinale’s Panorama in February.
Last week, the film’s lead actor Hanno Kofler received a German Film Award nomination for his performance inspired by the life of the former world karate champion Andreas Marquardt.
Raspberry & Cream
M-appeal’s label Raspberry & Cream has picked up two new titles ahead of the Cannes market:
The first title is Dennis Cooper’s German-French co-production Like Cattle Toward Glow, described as ¨a contemplation of sexual desire and its emotional consequences¨, while the second one is Shu Lea Cheang’s futuristic drama Fluid, produced by Berlin-based Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion who has been behind films by Bruce LaBruce.
Picture Tree market premieres
Another Berlin-based sales company Picture Tree International (PTI) will also have market premieres in Cannes for two titles from its line-up.
Simon Rouby’s feature-length, the animation film Adama about a young by from West Africa setting off for Europe to find his lost brother, will have its first market screening on May 14.
Adama has been selected for Annecy’s feature competition in June and will be released in French cinemas in by Océan Films on October 21.
A day later, PTI will screen Finnish director Antti J. Jokinen’s latest feature, The Midwife, a love story between a Finnish midwife and a Nazi officer set against the backdrop of the Lapland War between Germany and Finland in 1944-45.
The Midwife is based on the award-winning novel by Katja Kettu, which appeared in German translation as Wildauge last summer.