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Indie Sales boards Boris Khlebnikov's 'Arrhythmia'

SCREENDAILY 22nd May, 2017 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: French outfit is collaborating with Russia’s CTB on the title.

Indie Sales has acquired Russian director Boris Khlebnikov’s relationship drama Arrhythmia in a mid-market addition to its Cannes sales slate.

It is Khlebnikov’s sixth feature after the High Noon-inspired A Long And Happy Life, about a remote farming community fighting the compulsory purchase of its land, which premiered in competition at the Berlinale in 2013.

His new feature revolves around a couple whose busy lives at an accident and emergency department threaten to tear them apart unless they can find a binding force to keep them together.

The sales acquisition marks a second collaboration between Paris-based Indie Sales and the Moscow-based CTB Film Company, which is one of the main producers on the film.

“We are delighted to team-up with CTB Film Company again after the space exploration picture SALYUT-7 that we are currently showing at the market,” Indie Sales CEO and co-founder Nicolas Eschbach said.

“The film builds an accurate image of a strong couple and offers an immersion into contemporary Russia and its health care system.”

Other producer credits alongside the CTB Film Company include compatriot outfit Mars Media Entertainment, Germany’s Color of May, and Finnish partners Don Films and Post Control.

Arrhythmia is currently in post-production and will be released by PROvzglyad in Russia on September 28 on more than 150 copies.

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Indie Sales prepares for the future

CINEUROPA May 12th, 2017  |  by Fabien Lemercier

Sales will kick off at Cannes for When Margaux Meets Margaux, two attractive market premieres and a very full range of titles currently in post-production

11 very different titles feature in the line-up of French international sales company Indie Sales for the Film Market of the 70th Cannes Film Festival (being held from 17 to 28 May). The team led by Nicolas Eschbach (with the support of Clémentine Hugot) will notably kick off sales on the Croisette for When Margaux Meets Margaux) by Sophie Fillières (see article – currently in post-production – starring Sandrine KiberlainAgathe Bonitzer and Melvil Poupaud).

Two titles will premiere at the market in screenings reserved for buyers, in particular French film Let The Girls Play (Comme des garçons) by Julien Hallard (see article), the plot of which revolves around the birth in 1969, at the initiative of a sports journalist, of the first female football team in France.

The second market premiere on the cards is Salyut- 7 by Kim Shipenko, the release of which next October will be the biggest of the year in Russia. The film is based on events that took place in 1985 when the Salyut- 7 space station stopped responding to messages sent from Earth and a team was sent on what turned into the most complicated technical mission in the history of space navigation. 

Indie Sales will also be continuing with pre-sales for a number of films currently in post-production, such as French-Lebanese co-production The Insult by Ziad Doueiri (see article), animated film Another Day of Life by Raúl de La Fuente (co-produced by Poland, Spain, the Benelux countries, Germany and Hungary; with a plot that plunges us into Angola in 1975 to follow great Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski). Then there’s The Price of Success (Le prix du succès) by Teddy Lussi-Modeste (see article – starring Tahar RahimRoschdy Zem and Maïwenn), and One Step Behind the Seraphim by Romanian director Daniel Sandu (see article). Also worth mentioning in the line-up of finished films is Corporate [+], the debut feature by Nicolas Silhol which is currently doing very well in French theatres with €1.4 million in receipts in four weeks.

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Indie Sales boards Sandrine Kiberlain-starrer 'When Margaux Meets Margaux'

SCREENDAILY May 10th, 2017  |  by Melanie Goodfellow

Indie Sales boards Sandrine Kiberlain-starrer 'When Margaux Meets Margaux'

Kiberlain will be in Cannes this year as president of the Caméra d’Or jury for first films.

Indie Sales has boarded French film-maker Sophie Fillières’s high-concept comedy When Margaux Meets Margaux starring Sandrine Kiberlain as a woman in her mid-40s who meets another woman called Margaux, who is actually her younger self. 

French actress Kiberlain, seen most recently in André Téchiné’s Being 17, will be in Cannes this year as president of the Caméra d’Or jury for first films.

Set against the backdrops of the Alpine resort of Les Arcs, Paris and Lyon, the picture revolves around two women both called Margaux, played by Kiberlain and Agathe Bonitzer.

Although 20-years apart in age, troubling details and similarities seem to link the two women. They discover they share more than the same name, with life changing consequences for both of them. 

It marks a sixth feature for Fillière after the 2014 marriage comedy If You Don’t, I Will which played at the Berlinale. Julie Salvador at Paris-based outfit Christmas in July is producing.

“I’m pleased to team up with Julie Salvador for the first time. The script is fun and refreshing, universal yet very unique, and I’m sure that anyone can identify with this situation we’ve all dreamt of,” said Indie Sales CEO and co-founder Nicolas Eschbach.

The picture is currently in post-production for delivery in early 2018. Memento Films Distribution will release the film in France.

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Exclusive first look : Julien Hallard's 'Let the Girls Play'

SCREENDAILY January 11th, 2017  |  by Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Indie Sales unveils first image of female soccer comedy.

Paris-based Indie Sales has unveiled a first image of French director Julien Hallard’s comedy Let The Girls Play inspired by the creation of France’s first official all-female soccer squad in the 1960s.

Described as social comedy in the vein of Bend It Like Beckham, the film revolves around the early days of a real-life, all-women squad set up almost by chance on the fringes of France’s Stade de Reims football club at the end of the 1960s.

Although women have played soccer for centuries, female teams only started to be recognised by official football bodies in countries such as France and the UK in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Rising French actors Vanessa Guide and Max Boublil [pictured] are co-stars in the mainly female cast.

Frédéric Jouve of Paris-based Les Films Velvet – the long-time producer of Rebecca Zlotowski (Planetarium, Grand Central, Belle Epine) whose recent credits also include skiing comedy Good Luck Algeria – is the lead producer.

Indie Sales will kick off sales at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French cinema in Paris this week (Jan 12-16) where it will show a first promo reel.

It is the debut feature for Hallard after a number of festival shorts including People Are Strange, Hair, Vinyl and Meeting Vincent Gallo. He co-wrote the script with Jean-Christophe Bouzy (Raw) and Claude Le Pape (Love At First Fight).

“We’re very proud and happy to start working with Frédéric Jouve on this exciting comedy. Let The Girls Play is in the vein of Bend It Like Beckham. We’ll be showing an exclusive promo in Paris and Berlin,” said Indie Sales chief Nicolas Eschbach.

The film is in post-production for release by Mars Films in the second half of 2017.

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Tahar Rahim, Roschdy Zem, Maiwenn to star in 'The Price of Success'

VARIETY January 10th, 2017 | by Elsa Keslassy

Indie Sales Represents "The Price of Success" and "Blind Spot"

Paris-based company Indie Sales has acquired Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s sophomore feature, “The Price of Success” (“Un vrai batard”), a drama starring a topnotch French cast headlined by Tahar Rahim (“The Past,””A Prophet”), Roschdy Zem (“Bodybuilder,””Days of Glory”) and Maiwenn (“Polisse,””Love is the Perfect Crime”).

Co-written by Lussi-Modeste and Rebecca Zlotowski (“Planetarium”), “The Price of Success” tells the tale of Brahim, a stand-up comedian from a working-class family whose success destroys his relationship with his family.

Lussi-Modeste previously teamed with Zlotowski to write the script of his directorial debut “Jimmy Riviera,” a critical success and won the Audience Award at Angers, among other prizes.

A personal project for Lussi-Modeste, “The Price of Success” describes the struggle of a man trying to break free of his family’s expectations.

“The Price of Success” is produced by Kazak Productions, an up-and-coming Paris-based outfit whose credits include “The Wakhan Front” and “Corporate,” both of which are handled by Indie Sales.

Nicolas Eschbach, the boss of Indie Sales, said he was enthusiastic about re-teaming Kazak Productions, a company led by “bold young producers.” Eschbach also identified Lussi-Modeste as talent to watch.

One of the key assets of “The Price of Success” is its attractive cast. Rahim, for instance, is well-known for his critically-acclaimed roles in Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” and Asghar Fahradi’s “The Past” which won prizes in Cannes. Meanwhile, Maiwenn, the high-profile actress-turned-director of “Polisse,” stars in very few films — “The Price of Success” marks her first acting job since “Love is the Perfect Crime.”

“The Price of Success” also boasts a strong key crew, including Julien Poupard, the cinematographer behind Houda Benyamina’s Golden Globe nominated “Divines,” and Julien Lacheray, the well-seasoned editor of Celine Sciamma’s “Girlhood” and Zlotowski’s “Grand Central.”

“The Price of Success” is currently in post-production. Ad Vitam will release the film in France later this year. Indie Sales will likely score deals on the movie at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous mini-market in Paris.

The French company is also starting pre-sales on “Blind Spot” (“Dode Hoek”), an ambitious crime thriller directed by popular Belgian helmer Nabil Ben Yadir (“The Marchers”). Set in Flemish Belgium, “Blind Spot” turns on Jan Verbeek, an uncomprising police commissioner working for the Antwerp drug squad. Known as ‘Mr. Zero Tolerance,’ Verbeek is just about to retire from the police force to join a Far-Right party. But on his last day as a cop, Verbeek leads a massive drug raid which set off a series of unforeseeable and violent events.

Lensed by Robrecht Heyvaert (“The Ardennes,””Black”), “Blind Spot” stars Peter Van Den Begin (“The Ardennes”), David Murgia (“The Brand New Testament,””Bullhead”), Soufiane Chilah (“Black”) and Jan Decleir (“Daens”). Ben Yadir teamed with Laurent Brandenbourger, his co-writer on “Les Barons,” a Belgian comedy hit.

Set for a premiere at Berlin, the film was produced by Ben Yadir and two of Belgium’s leading producers: Peter Bouckaert, who is behind “Bullhead,” “The Verdict” and “Treatment,” and Benoit Roland, whose credits include “Wrong Elements,””Prejudice” and “Pilgrimage.”

“It’s a true crime film with very contemporary topics in the background, driven by a talented director and a remarkable addition to our line up,” said Eschbach.

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