French sales and distributionoutfit Wild Bunch has lined up several new titles ahead of next month'sEuropean Film Market in Berlin.
The company has taken worldrights, outside France, to competition title The Wayward Cloud bydirector Tsai Ming-Liang. Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval told ScreenDaily.comthat the Taiwanese-Chinese-French co-production, which juxtaposes colourfulmusical scenes with explicit sex scenes, will be one of the festival's most talked about.
Wild Bunch has also boardedfive films which are in various stages of production.
Last Hour, from first time director Pascal Kobe has just begunshooting. An action picture, it stars rapper DMX, Michael Madsen, James Caan,Chazz Palminteri and Monica Cruz. Wild Bunch has worldwide rights to the $10mwork which Maraval says falls somewhere in between Usual Suspects and PanicRoom.
Also on the line up is Edmond,Stuart Gordon's cinematic adaptation of the David Mamet play which was a hit onLondon's West End in 2003. Shooting began this week on the modestly budgeted(Euros 2-3m) morality play which stars William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, JoeMontegna, Bai Ling, Mena Suvari and Denise Richards. A sort of "After Hoursà la Mamet," Edmond tells the story of a racist who spends a night barhopping and looking to hook up with a hooker. After a series of unfortunatetwists, Edmond ends up never having consummated his evening but rather inprison with a large, black, sexually eager cellmate. Wild Bunch intends to havethe film ready for Sundance 2006.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf's latest, SexAnd Philosophy, takes place in Tajikistan where a man with four loverstries to choose the one that will best suit him as a wife. Putting the ladiesthrough their paces, he picks one but is stymied when she invites him to herplace only to find she has three other suitors of her own. Sex AndPhilosophy is expected to be ready for Cannes.
A promo reel will beavailable for Yilmaz Arslan's Fratricide. The Turkish-born,German-raised director of Yara shot the "potential City Of God" inFrance, Luxembourg and Kurdistan.
Finally, Wild Bunch has alsoacquired worldwide rights to Iberia from Spanish veteran Carlos Saura.The film is set in the world of Flamenco dancing and stars well-known dancersSarah Baras, Manolo Sanlucar and Aida Gomez.