Pyramide International to play three aces at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- Standing out on the French sales agent’s line-up are Oliver Laxe’s Fire Will Come, Patricio Guzmán’s The Cordillera of Dreams and César Diaz’s Our Mothers
French international sales agent Pyramide International (headed up by Eric Lagesse) is packing its bags in readiness for its trip to the Marché du Film at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May), where it will be showing off its jam-packed slate, which includes two features in the Official Selection, one title in competition in the Critics’ Week, one on the line-up of the ACID programme and a slew of films currently in post-production.
In particular, Pyramide will be pinning its hopes on Fire Will Come [+see also:
interview: Óliver Laxe
film profile] by French-Spanish filmmaker Oliver Laxe, which will be unveiled in Un Certain Regard. The third feature by the filmmaker, following the documentary You All Are Captains [+see also:
film profile] (FIPRESCI Award in the parallel sections in 2010 after its screening in the Directors’ Fortnight) and Mimosas [+see also:
interview: Oliver Laxe
film profile] (Grand Prize in the 2016 Cannes Critics’ Week), revolves around Amador Coro, a man who has been sent to jail for having started a fire. When he gets out of prison, nobody is waiting for him. He returns to his hometown, a small village nestled in the mountains of rural Galicia, to live with his mother and their three cows. Life goes by slowly, following the pace set by nature – until one night when a fire starts to lay waste to the region… The feature, which was produced by Spain (Miramemira, Kowalski Films) with France (4 A 4 Productions) and Luxembourg (Tarantula), will be distributed in France by Pyramide from 4 September onwards.
Pyramide’s sales team, managed by Agathe Mauruc, also has high hopes for the Official Selection documentary The Cordillera of Dreams [+see also:
film profile] by Patricio Guzmán, which will be shown as a special screening. Produced by Paris-based outfit Atacama Productions (with France’s Arte France Cinéma and Sampek Productions, as well as Chilean firm Market Chile), the movie is the third instalment in a trilogy that kicked off with Nostalgia for the Light (special screening at Cannes in 2010), which was then followed up by The Pearl Button [+see also:
film profile] (Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at Berlin in 2015). Pyramide will oversee the French theatrical release on 30 October.
Also standing out on the line-up is Our Mothers [+see also:
interview: Cesar Diaz
film profile] by Belgian-Guatemalan director César Diaz, which will be in competition in the Critics’ Week. A production involving Belgium (Need Productions), France (Perspective Films) and Guatemala (Cine Concepcion), this feature debut whisks us away to Guatemala in 2018, as the whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while listening to the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrilla fighter who went missing during the war… Pyramide will also be directly responsible for the French distribution.
At the Marché du Film, Pyramide International will be pre-selling 11 films that are presently in post-production, eight of which are directed by French filmmakers: Scents and Senses by France’s Grégory Magne (see the article – toplined by Emmanuelle Devos), Passion simple by Danielle Arbid (see the article – with Laetitia Dosch in the lead role), Une autre que moi by Marion Lainé (see the article – starring Sandrine Bonnaire), L’État sauvage by David Perrault (see the article – with a cast including Kevin Janssens and Alice Isaaz), The Dazzled by Sarah Succo (see the article), Camille by Boris Lojkine (see the article), La Sainte Famille by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing and Revenir by Jessica Pallud (see the article – starring Niels Schneider and Adèle Exarchopoulos).
Also standing out among the movies in post-production are You Will Die at 20 by Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala (a co-production involving France, Austria, Germany and South Africa), the French production Yalda by Iran’s Massoud Bakhshi and Made in Bangladesh by Rubayat Hossain.
Lastly, it’s also worth mentioning the documentary C’est toi que j’attendais by France’s Stéphanie Pillonca, which focuses on adoption and is currently being shot.
(Translated from French)
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