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BERLINALE 2022 EFM

Great ambitions for Pyramide International at the EFM

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- Pre-sales will begin on upcoming films from Philippe Faucon, Christophe Honoré, Patricio Guzmán, Teona Strugar Mitevska, and the feature debut from Alice and Benoît Zeniter

Great ambitions for Pyramide International at the EFM
Les Harkis by Philippe Faucon (© Istiqlal Films/Jacques Reboud)

Spring is in the air for French international sales company Pyramide International (headed by Eric Lagesse and directed by Lucero Garzon), which will be presenting nine projects in post-production at the European Film Market (online from 10 to 17 February) of the 72nd Berlinale, including five particularly attractive new titles.

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Standing out among them is Les Harkis [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
, the 11th feature film from Philippe Faucon (a frequent presence at top festivals, notably with Samia, La Trahison [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, La Désintégration [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Fatima [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
and Amin [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
). With a cast including Théo Cholbi, Omar Boulakirba, Amine Zourgane, Pierre Lottin and Yannick Choirat, the film takes place in the late 1950s - early 1960s, during the Algerian war. Salah, Kaddour and other young Algerians without resources join the French army as Harkis (Algerians soldiers who fought on the side of France). Their section is headed by Lieutenant Pascal. At the end of the conflict, Algeria obtains its independence. France withdraws while the fate of its Harkis appears very uncertain. Against his hierarchy, Lieutenant Pascal fights to bring his men to France… Produced by Istiqlal Films, the feature film is co-produced by Arte France Cinéma, Nord-Ouest Films and Belgian company Films du Fleuve, with the support of Eurimages and Wallimage among others, and an advance on receipts from the CNC.

Pre-sales will also begin on Le Lycéen by Christophe Honoré (read our article), currently filming until next week with Paul Kircher, Vincent Lacoste and Juliette Binoche heading the cast.

Also in the line-up is My Imaginary Country [+see also:
interview: Patricio Guzmán
film profile
]
from award-winning Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán.

Pyramide will also begin negotiations on The Happiest Man In the World from Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska (read the news) whose latest film God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Labina Mitevska
interview: Teona Strugar Mitevska
film profile
]
was in Competition at the 2019 Berlinale.

The last new addition to the line-up is an intriguing French feature film: Avant l’effondrement, the feature debut from Alice and Benoît Zeniter (read the news) with Niels Schneider, Ariane Labed, Souheila Yacoub and Myriem Akhheddiou in the cast.

Also in post-production are Dodo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pános H Koútras
film profile
]
from Greek director Panos H. Koutras (whose latest film, Xenia [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Panos H. Koutras
film profile
]
, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival), The Sixth Child (Pleurer des rivières) from French director Léopold Legrand (read the news - starring Sara Giraudeau, Benjamin Lavernhe, Judith Chemla and Damien Bonnard), Three Nights A Week (Trois nuits par semaine) by Florent Gouëlou (article) and Time Out (Temps mort) from Belgian filmmaker Eve Duchemin (article - with Karim Leklou, Issaka Sawadogo and Jarod Cousyns in the cast).

Also worth pointing out, among the market screenings at the online EFM, are premieres for Israeli/German production More Than I Deserve by Pini Tavger, but also for the French films Not My Type [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
 by Michel Leclerc, The World of Yesterday (Le monde d’hier) by Diastème (article) and Cop Goes Missing [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
 by Frédéric Videau.

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(Translated from French)

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