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Indie Sales ups its game

CINEUROPA January 13, 2014 | By Fabien Lemercier

A copious line-up for the young Parisian company with titles by Dupieux, Améris, Amitay, and Schoendoerffer, an animated movie and a horror film project

Launched last May on the Croisette by Nicolas Eschbach and Eric Névé, Parisian company Indie Sales is progressively building up an attractive line-up. The team managed by Naomi Denamur notably took advantage of the Rendez-vous of French Cinema, organized by UniFrance in Paris (read the article) to begin the pre-sales of Reality byQuentin Dupieux (news), the very original director of Steak [+], Rubber [+] (Critics’ Week in Cannes 2010), Wrong [+] (Sundance 2012) and Wrong Cops [+] (Locarno Piazza Grande 2013). The film will be ready in spring and distributed in France by Diaphana.

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Indie Sales also bets on Marie's Story by Jean-Pierre Améris (article), a feature in post-production played by Isabelle Carré and Arina Rivoire and based on the true story of the encounter between a nun and a young teenager born deaf and blind, and seemingly incapable of communicating.  

Indie Sales’ line-up also features animation with the Finnish-French co-productionMoomins On The Riviera by Xavier Picard (news), in studios until the end of 2014 and which will be distributed in France by Gebeka Films and in Scandinavia by Nordisk Film.

As for post-productions, the Franco-Israeli film Atlit by Shirel Amitay stands out with Géraldine Nakache, Yaël Abecassis, Judith Chemla and Pippo Delbono in the cast for the stormy reunion in 1995 in Israel of three sisters who are considering selling their childhood home. Produced by En Compagnie de Lamas with July August Productions, the feature will be distributed in France by Ad Vitam.

Two projects complete this solid line-up, which Indie Sales intends to building on at the European Film Market of the Berlinale (February 6 to 16, 2014), with especially the horror movie Don't Grow Up by Thierry Poiraud whose filming should begin in the spring. Produced by Noodles ProductionCapture the Flag Films and Orange Studio, the feature whose screenplay was written by the director with Marie Garel will tell the story of the mishaps of a group of young delinquents brought together in an educational centre on an island where a virus suddenly renders adults very dangerous.  

Also in pre-production, The Convoy by Frédéric Schoendoerffer will bet on Benoît Magimel and Hafzia Herzi in the leads of this story delving into the universe of drug trafficking with a "go fast" between Malaga and Paris (production Carcharodon with Orange Studio - distribution France Paramount). This project should lead to important pre-sales, the director having, after a short time away from the spotlight, returned to centre stage after the international success of the first season of the TV series Braquo (for which he directed half of the episodes) and his latest feature (96 Heures) which will be released in France on April 24 and benefits from a flattering buzz.

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