VARIETY January 19th, 2018 | Elsa Keslassy
Paris-based company Indie Sales has acquired Claus Drexel’s politically engaged documentary feature “America,” the helmer’s anticipated follow up to “On the Edge of the World.”
“America” unfolds in November 2016, when the United States was about to elect its new president. Drexel traveled to Arizona and zoomed in on folks living on the margins of society one month before and after the election of Donald Trump. Through the film, Drexel has underprivileged Arizona locals share their hopes and fears.
Indie Sales described the documentary as a “vertiginous dive in the heart of the United States.” The company will kick off sales at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which kicks off Thursday in Paris.
For “America,” Drexel re-teamed with cinematographer Sylvain Leser, with whom he worked on “On the Edge of the World,” which explored the lives of homeless people in Paris.
Set to be released in France by Diaphana on March 14, “America” boasts an original score by Ibrahim Maalouf (“Yves-Saint-Laurent,” “In the Forests of Siberia”).
Now in post-production, “America” is produced by Laurent Lavolé with his Paris-based outfit Gloria Films, the banner behind Sonia Kronlund’s “Nothingwood.” Arte is co-producing the documentary.
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SCREENDAILY January 16th, 2018 | Melanie Goodfellow
Paris-based Indie Sales has boarded French director Emmanuel Mouret’s upcoming 18th century, love triangle costume drama Mademoiselle de Joncquières, starring Edouard Baer, Cécile de France and Alice Isaaz.
The sales company, which will kick-off sales on the film at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris this week (Jan 18-22), has released an exclusive first image of Baer and Isaaz in the costume drama.
The film is inspired by a tale in French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Didier Diderot’s classic picaresque work Jacques The Fatalist exploring ideas of fate and free will.
Baer plays the libertine figure of the Marquis des Arcis opposite de France in the role of Madame de la Pommeraye, an attractive, reclusive widow he seduces.
When their relationship comes to a messy end the spurned Madame de la Pommeraye devises an intricate revenge plot involving a young prostitute, going by the name of Mademoiselle de Jonquières, a young woman of rare beauty played by Isaaz.
It is the tenth feature directed by Mouret and marks something of a departure for the actor-director after a number of contemporary, feel-good romantic comedies such as Caprice, Shall We Kiss and The Art Of Love which he both directed and took the lead role.
Mouret’s long-term collaborator Frédéric Niedermeyer is producing the film under his Moby Dick Films banner.
The film is currently in post-production. Pyramide Distribution is planning an autumn 2018 release in France after a festival premiere.
“I’m very happy to team up again with Emmanuel and Frédéric after a first experience with Shall We Kiss a few years ago,” said Nicolas Eschbach, Indie Sales CEO & co-founder.
“The dialogues are subtle, capturing perfectly the contradictory human emotions at play in the tale, in the vein of Dangerous Liaisons.”
César Award-winning costumer designer Pierre-Jean Larroque, whose recent credits include Marguerite, is also attached to the production.
Indie Sales will market premiere Julian Hallard’s Let The Girls Play, inspired by the formation of France’s first all-women soccer team in the 1960s, and Sophie Fillières’s comedy When Margaux Meets Margaux,starring Sandrine Kiberlain as a woman in her mid-40s who meets her younger self.
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VARIETY January 03rd, 2018 | By Dylan Kai Dempsey
The Belgian duo draw from their Moroccan roots, attracting Hollywood attention with flashy third feature 'Gangsta.'
El Arbi and Fallah were the only two Moroccan-born students in their Belgian film school. While their white peers aspired to fine art, they dreamed of Hollywood.
Inspired by gritty crime dramas with a fondness for spectacle, the pair took to the streets with cameras. They made a feature, a short, some TV and in 2015, they won the Toronto film festival’s Discovery Award for their second feature, “Black,” a streetwise spin on Romeo and Juliet, set in Brussels.
Their latest, “Gangsta” (AKA “Patser,” which is Flemish for “show-off”), is in post-production. A humorous drug-deal-gone-bad caper in the Guy Ritchie vein, it plays like “Amélie” on crack.
“We got a lot of help from the city of Antwerp on this one,” El Arbi says. “We’re lucky they don’t read the scripts, because the city gets trashed. People don’t realize that Antwerp is worse than what we depict.”
They fuse amped-up visuals with authentic, marginalized characters — mostly played by real-life street people. The duo are determined to expand Belgian cinema: “As Moroccans, we have a negative image that we have to prove wrong. It’s a fight that every immigrant faces,” El Arbi says. “Our movies are for a generation who doesn’t have dreams. We want to give them a voice.”
But working in Belgium is just the beginning: They hope to make their first American movie in 2018. They are developing projects with Jerry Bruckheimer, including “Beverly Hills Cop 4.” starring Eddie Murphy. The question is which one will get funded.
“We’d love to do ‘Bad Boys 3,’ ” El Arbi says. “That’s right up our alley.” Or a “Star Wars”-level blockbuster, infused with their offbeat, multi-cultural mix.
“Adil and Bilall: in-your-face, entertaining, next-level shit,” Fallah quips. “Hopefully, that will be the brand. Plus, we’re two Moroccan Muslims who aren’t about terrorism, so it’s awesome.”
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VARIETY October 24th, 2017 | Elsa Keslassy
“Gangsta” marks El Arbi and Fallah’s third film. The up-and-coming Belgian director duo, known as Adil & Bilall, previously directed “Image” and “Black” which won Toronto’s Discovery Award in 2015. Adil and Bilall also helmed the TV series “Snowfall” for FX Networks. The pair is currently rumored to be on track to direct “Beverly Hills Cop 4” with Eddy Murphy.
The critically acclaimed pic “Black” established the filmmakers’ reputation within the international scene. Variety’s Peter Debruge described the film as a “powerhouse street romance” and “the first of its kind in Belgian cinema.”
Set in contemporary Belgium, “Gangsta” is a minority-driven thriller following four drug dealer friends who are fan of “Scarface” and aspire to become real-life swaggers and organized crime legends. Their lives spin out of control when they steal a shipment of cocaine, triggering a full-on war with an Amsterdam drug lord and the ruthless Colombian cartels. The film has a stylish, urban visual style in line with the duo’s previous work.
“Adil and Bilall certainly are among Europe’s most promising talents. Their cinema is refreshing, fun, and built up for the audience. The team is very excited to handle the film!” said Nicolas Eschbach, Indie Sales CEO and co-founder.
The film is produced by A Team Productions, the regular producers of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s, Column Film And Nabil Ben Yadir’s 10.80 Films.
“Gangsta” is currently in post-production and is set for an early 2018 premiere. Kinepolis Film distribution will release the film in Benelux on Jan. 24.
Indie Sales will be introducing the project to buyers at the AFM with a teaser which Variety is exclusively sneak premiering:
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VARIETY September 02th, 2017 | Nick Vivarelli
VENICE, Italy — Paris-based Indie Sales has taken sales outside Italy on “The First King” (Il Primo Re), a bold swords-and-sandals epic of sorts about the origins of Rome to be directed by Italian helmer Matteo Rovere (“Italian Race”).
Shooting is set to start Sept. 8 in Italy’s Lazio region surrounding the Eternal City on this conceptually ambitious pic, which will largely feature Latin dialogue.
It’s the story of twin brothers Romulus and Remus and their creation of Rome after they were placed in a basket and left on the bank of the river Tiber as babies and fed by a she-wolf. According to promotional materials they are forced to face the tragic dilemma of either sacrificing what they most love in the world, or fighting against the inescapable will of the Gods. Their tale of sacrilege and prophecy is doomed by the awareness that the future of the biggest empire in the world is founded on their brotherhood conflict.
Toplining the cast of “King,” which is budgeted at 7.5 million euros ($9 million) is Alessandro Borghi, who stars Netflix’s first Italian original, “Suburra,” which launched Saturday from the Lido at the Venice Film Festival. Borghi is also the master of ceremonies at Venice this year. Other key cast members include Alessio Lapice, who stars in “Nato a Casal di Principe,” which is playing in Venice’s Cinema in the Garden section, and Belgium-based Italian actor Fabrizio Rongione (“Two Days, One Night”).
Rovere, who is also a producer, made a splash at the Italian box office in 2016 with “Italian Race,” set in the rally racing world. He is a co-producer of smash Italian hit “I Can Quit Whenever I Want,” about a group of unemployed academics who go into the recreational drug trade.
Rovere’s Ascent Film and Groenlandia, a shingle run by Andrea Paris, are co-producing with Rai Cinema, whose 01 Distribuzione arm will release the film in Italy.
The pic is also being co-produced with Belgium’s GapBusters outfit, which is a conduit for European and Canadian producers looking for Belgian tax-shelter funds for projects with high commercial potential. Most of the special effects will be done in Belgium.
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