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BERLIN 2018 Market / France

Pyramide International to the power of 16 at the EFM

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- The French company will be at Berlin to pre-sell seven films in post-production, including the upcoming titles by Philippe Faucon and Sergei Loznitsa

Pyramide International to the power of 16 at the EFM
Director Sergei Loznitsa (© M Petit/FDC)

French international sales agent Pyramide International (headed up by Eric Lagesse) will be rocking up at the European Film Market of the 68th Berlin Film Festival (15-25 February) brandishing a copious line-up of 16 titles. Agathe Valentin’s team will be pinning its hopes particularly on five movies getting market screenings, and on seven features in post-production, including Donbass [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sergei Loznitsa
film profile
]
 by Ukraine’s Sergei Loznitsa (see the article), who has put up a smokescreen about the exact shooting dates for security reasons, on account of its explosive subject matter, plus Amin [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
, the new opus by Philippe Faucon (see the article – toplined by Emmanuelle Devos) following the hugely successful Fatima [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
.

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Also standing out among the works in post-production are the feature debuts Breath of Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by David Roux (see the article – starring Jérémie RenierZita Hanrot and Marthe Keller) and The Harvesters [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Etienne Kallos
film profile
]
 by Etienne Kallos (a Greek-South African filmmaker selected in the Cinéfondation competition at Cannes in 2006 with Doorman and the winner of the Golden Lion for Best Short Film at Venice in 2009 with Firstborn). The latter film, which revolves around a teenager whose Christian fundamentalist parents bring back a mysterious and manipulative orphan to their farm, was produced by Paris-based outfit Cinéma Defacto together with South Africa’s Spier Films, Poland’s Lava Films and Greece’s Heretic.

Pyramide will also be pre-selling the documentary Le Grand Bal by Laetitia CartonUne histoire de l’art by Lucas Bernard (see the article – starring Swan Arlaud and Charles Berling) and the majority French production Sibel [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti (a film with a story set in Turkey, being staged by France via Les Films du Tambour together with Germany’s Riva Filmproduktion, Luxembourg’s Bidibul Productions, Turkey’s Mars Prodüksiyon and Paris-based firm Reborn Production, in conjunction with Eurimages, among others) at Berlin. 

We should also point out that an invite-only market screening is scheduled for Virgins [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Keren Ben Rafael. The feature debut by the filmmaker (a La Fémis graduate based in Paris and Israel) unfolds in a small town on the north coast of Israel, where everything seems to be on hold, at a standstill. Rebellious teenager Lana has vowed to fight back against this lack of activity and resignation. But she has no idea that the distant sound of a mermaid is what will awaken her town from its slumber and finally allow it to live… Produced by Paris-based company Avenue B Productions, the movie is being co-produced by Belgium’s Frakas Productions, and Israel’s Artza Productions and United King.

Lastly, Pyramide will also be screening the refreshing Gaspard at the Wedding [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antony Cordier
film profile
]
 by Anthony Cordier, which is currently on the cinema listings in France, The Party Is Over [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marie Garel-Weiss
film profile
]
 by Marie Garel WeisLuna [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Elsa Diringer and Return to Bollene [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Saïd Hamich at the Berlin market. 

(Translated from French)

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