First is the new documentary by Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock. The incendiary subject is under strict embargo for the moment but Spurlock will make an appearance in Berlin to talk to buyers about the film.
Wild Bunch will also team for the fourth time with Korean director Im Kwon-Taek on epic love story Beyond The Years. This marks the veteran's 100th film and, according to Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval, is reminiscent of his 2000 film Chunhyang. Pathe has bought the film for France; a delivery timed near Cannes is expected.
After their successful collaboration on Pan's Labyrinth, Wild Bunch is working again with Guillermo del Toro, though this time the Oscar nominee will act as producer for Juan Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage. The film stars The Sea Inside's Belen Rueda as a mother who believes her son is merely playing a game with her when he disappears. In the vein of The Others, The Orphanage will be ready in the fall and handled by Warner Bros in Spain. Wild Bunch will aim for Toronto with the $4.9m (Euros 3.8m) film.
Also back in the Wild Bunch fold is Abel Ferrara with Go Go Tales. The director's first comedy centers around life in a NY strip club and stars Willem Dafoe, Bob Hoskins, Matthew Modine, Asia Argento and Lou Doillon. At a budget of Euros $6.4m (5m), the film will be ready for either Cannes or Venice.
Barbet Schroeder's documentary Avocat De La Terreur, which Wild Bunch has sold to Magnolia in the US and Les Films de Losange in France, traces 50 years of terrorism from World War II up to September 11, via lawyer Jacques Verges who has defended such nefarious folks as Klaus Barbie, Carlos the Jackal and who offered his services to Saddam Hussein and perhaps Pol Pot.
Award-winning director Damien Odoul explores sexual addiction in a film that is certain 'to make a lot of noise,' says Maraval. Mathieu Amalric stars in L'Histoire de Richard O which will be ready for Cannes.
Finally, two debut films are in the line-up. One, from Hana Makhmalbaf, the younger sister of Samira, called Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame, is about a small girl who defies Taliban tradition in an attempt to go to school. The other is La Zona from Rodrigo Pla. Set in a walled-off wealthy community in Mexico, the film focuses on a young thief who is hunted down by the residents but who ends up befriending one of the local kids.