Direzione Venezia e Toronto per Playtime
- Tre film al Lido, tra cui due candidati al Leone d'Oro, quattro nella vetrina del festival canadese e sei titoli in post-produzione nella line-up del venditore francese
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French international sales agent Playtime is all set to tout its tantalising line-up, brimming with 13 features, at the 76th Venice Film Festival (28 August-7 September 2019) and the 44th Toronto Film Festival (5-15 September).
On the Lido, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, François Yon, Sébastien Beffa, Valery Guibal and Frédérique Rouault’s team will be pinning its hopes on three films being world-premiered, two of which are taking part in the competition: An Officer and a Spy [+leggi anche:
scheda film] by Roman Polanski (which is scheduled to be unveiled on Friday 30 August, with a cast including Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel, Emmanuelle Seigner, Grégory Gadebois, Melvil Poupaud and Mathieu Amalric; French release set for 13 November, courtesy of Gaumont) and Guest of Honour by Canada’s Atom Egoyan (due to premiere on Tuesday 3 September), which will then be screened at Toronto, in the Special Presentations section.
At Venice, Playtime will also enjoy a significant presence in the Giornate degli Autori with the Italian-Belgian-French co-production 5 Is the Perfect Number [+leggi anche:
scheda film] by Italy’s Igort (toplined by Toni Servillo and Valeria Golino – world premiere on Thursday 29 August, and due to be released in Italian theatres the same day via 01 Distribuzione; it will land in French cinemas on 16 October, courtesy of Nour Films).
Three other movies on Playtime’s slate have also been selected at Toronto. Red Fields [+leggi anche:
scheda film] by Keren Yedaya (an adaptation of Hillel Mittelpunkt’s rock opera Mami produced by Israel, Luxembourg and Germany) will have its international premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema programme, where the Canadian flick White Lie by Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis will be world-premiered, while Zombi Child [+leggi anche:
intervista: Bertrand Bonello
scheda film] by France’s Bertrand Bonello, which was popular in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, is part of the Masters line-up.
Playtime, which will be pressing on with sales for Valérie Donzelli’s Notre Dame [+leggi anche:
scheda film] (unveiled recently at Locarno, on the Piazza Grande) at Venice and Toronto, will also be negotiating pre-sales for six features currently in post-production. Standing out among them are Summer of 85 by François Ozon, Comes Morning by Japan’s Naomi Kawase, and The Notebooks by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (starring Rim Turki, Manal Issa and Paloma Vauthier – produced by France, Lebanon and Canada). Other recent additions to the line-up include the French films My Donkey, My Lover & I by France’s Caroline Vignal (with Laure Calamy, Benjamin Lavernhe and Éric Cantona among the cast – see the article) and Playlist by Nine Antico (starring Sara Forestier and Laetitia Dosch – see the article), both in post-production. Interestingly, all of these titles will be pre-sold based on their screenplays (except for the Ozon film, the exact plot of which is still being kept under wraps), while the Australian western High Ground by Stephen Maxwell Johnson will be sold based on a promo reel.
And so Playtime looks set to negotiate some solid deals – and that’s not to mention the business that will no doubt be drummed up by its subsidiaries: Films Boutique in Germany (which will have high hopes for Pelican Blood [+leggi anche:
intervista: Katrin Gebbe
scheda film] and Verdict in the Orizzonti section at Venice, among other titles), Be For Films in Belgium and Film Constellation in the UK.
(Tradotto dal francese)
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