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BERLINALE 2021 EFM

Kinology is 14 titles strong at the online Berlinale

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- The lineup includes five new projects in post-production from Catherine Corsini, Aino Suni, Aurélie Saada, Jacques Doillon and Denis Dercourt. Plus, trailers for Mia Hansen-Løve and Leos Carax

Kinology is 14 titles strong at the online Berlinale
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Catherine Corsini and the rest of the team for The Divide on set (© Carole Bethuel)

Spring is already here as a launching slogan for the very attractive lineup of French international sales agent Kinology (headed by Grégoire Melin) set to be presented at the European Film Market (online, from 1 to 5 March) of the 71st edition of the Berlinale.

Pre-sales will begin on five new enticing titles in post-production, including three films from female filmmakers: The Divide [+see also:
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interview: Catherine Corsini
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from French director Catherine Corsini, Rose [+see also:
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from her fellow countrywoman Aurélie Saada and the psychological thriller The Girl’s Room from Finnish director Aino Suni (read our interview with producer Ulla Simonen) which explores teenage fantasies and toxic rivalries among the French Riviera’s golden youth, set to the beat of rap music and scored by Jean-Benoit Dunckel (Air).

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Pre-sales will also be launched on The Third Grade (CE2) from well-known and experienced French filmmaker Jacques Doillon. Produced by Arena Films, the feature (which will be distributed in France by Apollo Films) centres on Claire, an 8-year-old girl who is constantly bullied at school by her classmate Kevin, but discovers that the boy who is giving her a hard time is also suffering and might need her help.

Another new arrival in the lineup is Morning Calm (Matin calme) from eclectic French director Denis Dercourt (The Page Turner [+see also:
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interview: Denis Dercourt
interview: Michel Saint-Jean
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). Produced by The French Connection with South Korea and Belgium, this new film features Olga Kurylenko, Yeon-Seok Yoo and Jiwon Ye for a journey to Seoul where a series of gruesome murders leads the Korean investigation police to seek help from world-renowned French doctor Alice Launey, who has developed a revolutionary technique for recognising bodies. With more corpses on the way and a mysterious organ trafficking ring uncovered, things are about to get more dangerous in the land of the morning calm...

At the online EFM, Kinology will no doubt create the buzz with the unveiling of trailers for two of its most eagerly anticipated films: Mia Hansen-Løve’s Bergman Island [+see also:
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interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
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(with its very high end cast including Luxembourg-born actress Vicky Krieps, English actor Tim Roth, Australian actress Mia Wasikowska and Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie) and Leos Carax’s Annette [+see also:
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(with world famous stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard heading the cast).

Another trailer to be unveiled at the EFM is that for Franco-Belgian co-production Eugénie Grandet [+see also:
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by Marc Dugain (An Ordinary Execution, The Royal Exchange [+see also:
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), freely adapted from Balzac’s famous novel of the same name and starring Joséphine Japy, Olivier Gourmet, Valérie Bonneton and César Domboy. A High Sea production with Tribus P Films and Scope Pictures which will be distributed in France by Ad Vitam.

Also shining bright in the sales agent’s post-production slate is Franco-Israeli title Ahed’s Knee [+see also:
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interview: Nadav Lapid
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 by Nadav Lapid and After Blue (Paradis sale) by French director Bertrand Mandico (article). Finally, completed films awaiting their release include Douglas Attal’s How I Became a Super Hero [+see also:
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and the sci-fi feature The Last Journey of Paul W. R. [+see also:
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by Romain Quirot, but also a pair of Cannes 2020 label recipients: Rascal [+see also:
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interview: Peter Dourountzis
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by Peter Dourountzis (included in the Official Selection) and Beasts [+see also:
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by Naël Marandin (supported by Critics’ Week). A total of 14 titles therefore forms Kinology’s lineup, one that does indeed feel like a promise of springtime rebirth.

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(Translated from French)

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