Be For Films touting Sofia and Our Struggles at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- Standing out on the firm’s line-up are the film by Meryem Benm’Barek, which will be unveiled in Un Certain Regard, and the movie by Guillaume Senez, which will screen in the Critics’ Week
Headed up by Pamela Leu, international sales agent Be For Films, the Belgian subsidiary of French group Playtime, will be rocking up at the Film Market of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May) with a tantalising line-up that includes two titles being showcased in different selections on the Croisette.
With Sofia [+see also:
interview: Meryem Benm'Barek
film profile], the feature debut by French-Moroccan director Meryem Benm’Barek, which will be having its world premiere in Un Certain Regard, Be For Films hopes to repeat the successful venture it pulled off in the same section of Cannes last year with Montparnasse Bienvenüe [+see also:
interview: Léonor Serraille
film profile], which scooped the Caméra d’Or and notched up some very impressive sales. Produced by Curiosa Films, Sofia revolves around a 20-year-old woman who gives birth illegally in Casablanca after denying her pregnancy. She now has 24 hours to provide a marriage certificate and therefore find the child’s father...
The second flagship title on Be For Films’ line-up is Our Struggles [+see also:
interview: Guillaume Senez
film profile] by Belgium’s Guillaume Senez. The second feature by the director, who rose to fame at Locarno in 2015 with Keeper [+see also:
interview: Guillaume Senez
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile], is a Belgian-French co-production that will unspool as a special screening in the Critics’ Week. It has been described by Charles Tesson (the General Delegate of the Cannes parallel section) as a "magnificent portrait of a man seeking to strike a balance between family life and trade union involvement, with an overwhelmingly accurate performance by Romain Duris".
Be For Films will also be pinning its hopes on two movies that will be having their market premieres at Cannes: Stars by the Pound by France’s Marie-Sophie Chambon (see the article) and the Belgian documentary Holy Tour by Valéry Rosier and Méryl Fortunat-Rossi, which whisks us away to the roadside of the Tour de France, on a bend on the Col de l’Izoard mountain pass, in the midst of the fans of the most difficult cycling challenge in the world.
At the Film Market, Pamela Leu’s team will also be topping up sales for The Benefit of the Doubt [+see also:
interview: Samuel Tilman
film profile] by Belgium’s Samuel Tilman and for the Brazilian film Rust by Aly Muritiba (unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival, in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition).
(Translated from French)
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