Paris-based mk2 films has unveiled a raft of sales on French director Mikhaël Hers’ timely drama Amanda following its well-received premiere at the Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti selection.
The film has captured the attention of Asian buyers, selling to Japan (Bitters End), China (Hualu), Taiwan (Andrews).
The first European distributors on board include Benelux (Cinéart), Switzerland (JMH), Italy (Officine UBU), Scandinavia (Angel), Poland (Best Film). The film has also sold to Israël (Lev) and Brazil (Imovision).
Amanda is Hers’ third feature after Memory Lane and This Summer Feeling. It stars rising French actors Vincent Lacoste, Stacy Martin and young newcomer Isaure Multrier.
Lacoste won praise in Venice for his performance in the central role of David, as a young man forging his way in Paris whose life is brutally interrupted by the sudden death of his sister, leaving him in sole charge of his young niece.
Screen critic Jonathan Romney described the film as “immensely touching in the way it bridges minor-key sketchiness and full-on contemplation of the human condition”.
“We’re thrilled that buyers have been as profoundly moved by the grace and emotions of this film as we were,” says mk2 films managing director Juliette Schrameck. “The audience in Venice was equally bowled over to a point that didn’t go unnoticed by the Italian distributors in attendance. Proving that the feelings captured here really translate elsewhere.”