New films on Screenbase this week include Jamie Adams’ Black Mountain Poets, Valérie Donzelli’s romance Marguerite and Julien, and Julie Delpy’s France-set romcom Lolo.
Global Screen’s Ooops! Noah Is Gone…
This animated film focuses on a fictional species which discovers it cannot board Noah’s Ark. While two of them manage to make it, their children fall off the Ark. The kids then have to learn how to live by themselves.
The film is directed by Toby Genkel and Sean McCormack, who previously made a name for themselves with Niko. German sales company Global Screen has sold the animation to eOne, Eagle Pictures, Scanbox and Smile Entertainment.
Crime thriller Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
Daniel Alfredson’s new feature stars Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington. The plot—based on real events—takes place in the eighties, when a gang kidnapped beer mogul Freddy Heinecken. The screenplay is based on Peter R. de Vries’ book.
It is new distribution company Alchemy’s first acquisition.
Jamie Adams’ Black Mountain Poets
British director Jamie Adams’ new project stars Downtown Abbey actor Tom Cullen and Alice Lowe. This is the last part of an improvised trilogy that Adams began work on in 2014.
The comedy is distributed by Benny and Jolene and will be released this autumn.
Stray Dogs’ debut feature Heaven Knows What
Ben and Joshua Safdie’s film centres on a love story between a man and a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes). The US-French production is the first film sold by Stray Dogs, Nathan Fischer’s new company.
Heaven Knows What won best film and director at the Tokyo International Film Festival, while Arielle Holmes won best actress at the Seville European Film Festival. The film will next be screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Jacques Audiard’s Untitled drama
The film will revolve around several Sri Lankan immigrants living in Paris. Wild Bunch is co-selling with Celluloid Dreams.
Julie Delpy’s romcom Lolo
Delpy’s new feature focuses on a Parisian woman (herself) falling in love with a computer engineer (Dany Boon).
My Golden Years, aka Three Memories of Childhood
Arnaud Desplechin revisits his regular character Paul Dédalus’ childhood.
Chaotic comedy Do Not Disturb
Christian Clavier stars as a man desperately trying to connect with some rare jazz. Patrice Leconte’s new feature was released on December 31 in France, where it drew 700,000 viewers.
Aristocratic love story Marguerite and Julien
French director and actress Valérie Donzelli focuses on the true story of Julien and Marguerite de Ravalet, two incestuous lovers who were executed in the early 17th century.
The film is based on a screenplay originally written for François Truffaut and will star Jérémie Elkaim and Anaïs Demoustier.
First World War drama The Fear
Damien Odoul’s new feature, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevalier, is set against trench warfare, where a shy young man tries to survive.
Bruno Podalydès’ The Sweet Escape
French actor-director Podalydes is set to play a manager who becomes strangely attracted to a riverside café and its staff. Agnès Jaoui and Sandrine Kiberlain are also in the cast.
Philippe Garrel’s In The Shadow Of Women
This new jealousy drama will revolve around a filmmaker, his lover and his wife, also having an affair. The film is to be more accessible than previous Garrel’s features.
Joan Sfar’s The Lady in the Car and A Gun
This new thriller stars Skins star Freya Mavor, who plays an amnesiac woman.
Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Evolution
This dystopian story centres on a strange island where women and boys are subjected to a sinister medical treatment.
Actor Olivier Loustau’s The Boss’s Daughter
Actor’s first feature focuses on a worker dating his supervisor’s daughter, half his age. Loustau, who is known for his collaborations with Abdellatif Kechiche, now works with Julie Gayet, who produces the film, along with Nadia Turincev.
Elie Wajeman’s The Anarchists
Tahar Rahim will star as a French army corporal investigating an anarchist group, while Adèle Exarchopoulos will star as the group leader’s girlfriend.
Luc Jacquet’s Ice And The Sky
This new documentary celebrates French glaciologist Claude Lorius. The film features interviews as well as old footage.