EXCLUSIVE: Comedies dominate Films Boutique’s line-up of market premieres at next week’s Marché du Film in Cannes.
The Berlin-based sales outfit will be presenting three comedies among its latest pickups.
These include Serbian writer-director Darko Lungulov’s Monument To Michael Jackson. It follows his award-winning feature Here And There and was pitched at various co-production events, including Sofia Meetings and Moscow Business Square; the film was co-produced by Macedonia’s Producer on the Move, Ognen Antov of Dream Factory Macedonia;T
The other two titles are Belgian film-maker Geoffrey Enthoven’s Halfway and Pascal Rabaté’s Patchwork Family, to be released in France on July 9 by Ad Vitam Distribution, as buyers-only screenings.
Halfway is the second film by Enthoven to be handled internationally by Films Boutique after the sales company had sold Come As You Are, a drama about three disabled youngsters going to Spain to get laid, to 42 territories. Films Boutique’s CEO Jean-Christophe Simon has also committed to sell Enthoven’s next feature project Winnipeg (working title).
Moreover, Simon has booked market premiere screenings for Alex R. Johnson’s thriller Two Step, which had premiered at SXSW in Austin/Texas in March, and Israeli film-maker Asaf Korman’s drama Next To Her ahead of its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar on May 22.
In addition, market screenings are planned for the company’s Berlinale 2014 titles, including the Competition title Macondo and the Panorama’s Difret, Cracks In The Concrete, Concerning Violence and the Teddy Award-winning The Way He Looks as well as the Forum documentary Joy Of Man’s Desiring.
EastWest Filmdistribution market premieres
Three new acquisitions from the UK, Switzerland and Puerto Rico will be given market premieres in Cannes by Vienna-based EastWest Filmdistribution.
The include British crime-thriller Two Days In The Smoke (re-titled London Payback by EastWest), directed by Ben Pickering and starring Matt di Angelo, Anna Passey, Stephen Marcus, and Alan Ford;
Swiss-German directorial duo Stefan Hillebrand and Oliver Paulus collaborate again for the coming-of-age drama Keep On Rollin’ with former Swiss Shooting Star Joel Basman, which premiered at the Solothurn Film Days in January and will be released by Praesens Film in German-speaking Switzerland at the end of June.
The third title is Puerto Rican actor-director Bruno Irizarry’s romantic comedy Looking For Maria Sanchez.