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Indie Sales firing on all cylinders

CINEUROPA September 3rd, 2015 | By Fabien Lemercier

With titles selected at Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian and London, the Paris-based outfit’s line-up is brimming with ammunition.

Standing as a testament to its spectacular rise among the most go-getting players in the industry, today at the Venice Film Market (3-8 September), French international sales agent Indie Sales is kicking off a late-summer/early-autumn season that looks more than promising, as the team headed by Nicolas Esbach will be negotiating for titles selected at the Venice Film Festival, Toronto, San Sebastian and London.

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Standing out particularly on the line-up is a contender for the Golden Lion at the 72ndVenice Film Festival (2-12 September): Rabin, The Last Day [+] by Amos Gitai (co-produced with Israel by LGMles Films du Worso and Orange Studio), which will have its world premiere on the Lido on 7 September, before heading off to the Toronto Film Festival(10-20 September), where the feature will be screened in the Masters programme.

At Toronto, Indie Sales will also be selling two films accepted into the new competitive section, Platform. French Blood [+] by Diastème (read the article – a film about the path to redemption trodden by a member of the far right, which set tongues wagging when it was released in France in June) will be presented as an international premiere, and the 50/50 Belgian-French co-production The White Knights by Belgian director Joachim Lafosse(read the article) will have its world premiere before going on to take part in the competition of the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival (18-26 September).

Also of note in the Gala Presentations section of the Canadian gathering is the North American premiere of Disorder [+] by Alice Winocour, which was unveiled in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, has already been acquired for myriad territories (including the USA, by Sundance Selects/IFC Films, and the UK and Canada, by Soda Pictures) and will be released in France on 30 September.

At San Sebastian, Indie Sales will also be pinning its hopes on The New Kid [+] by Rudi Rosenberg (read the news), a feature debut that has been generating a positive buzz and will have its premiere in Spain in the New Directors section, ahead of its French release on 21 October.

Among the genre films, we should highlight the English-language thriller Don't Grow Up byThierry Poiraud (read the article), which will have its world premiere at the London Film Festival (7-18 October) in the Cult Strand programme, where Danish title What We Becomeby Bo Mikkelsen will also be presented; prior to this, the movie will have its world premiere in the heart of Texas, at the Austin Fantastic Fest (24 September-1 October). 

A fresh acquisition also features on the slate: the thriller Wulù by Daouda Coulibaly, which depicts the rise of a young Malian up through the world of drug trafficking (the film is currently in post-production and is staged by Paris-based outfit La Chauve-Souris, which is managed by Eric Névé, a co-founder and partner of Indie Sales).

Indie Sales’ rich line-up also includes the animated films Another Day of Life by Raul de la Fuente and Damian Nenow (co-produced by Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary), My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras (read the news), and Dofus – Book 1: Julith by Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis (read the news – slated to be released in France on 3 February 2016), all of which are currently in production. Some of the titles in post-production include Ceasefire by Emmanuel Courcol (read the article – starring Romain Duris in the lead role), Suburra by Italian director Stefano Sollima (read the news – by the director of the series Gomorra), Fast Convoy by Frédéric Schoendoerffer (read the article) and the Danish horror film Shelley by Ali Abassi. Lastly of note is Fanny's Journey by Lola Doillon, the shoot for which is about to get under way, starring Cécile de France, not to mention three movies that are about to hit French screens:I’m All Yours [+] by Baya Kasmi (read the article – released on 30 September) and the Cannes selections Les deux amis [+] by Louis Garrel and The Wakhan Front [+] byClément Cogitore, which will be distributed on 23 and 30 September, respectively.

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