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Indie Sales Acquires Gabriele Muccino’s ‘A Casa Tutti Bene’ (EXCLUSIVE)

VARIETY Febuary 06th, 2018 | Elsa Keslassy

Indie Sales has come on board Gabriele Muccino’s “A Casa Tutti Bene,” the director’s comeback to Italian cinema. Muccino is rolling off a flurry of English-language films, including “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “Seven Pounds” with Will Smith.

“A Casa Tutti Bene” (“There is No Place Like Home”) showcases an ensemble cast of high-profile Italian stars, notably Pierfrancesco Favino (“Suburra”), Stefano Accorsi (“The Young Pope”), Claudia Gerini (Suburra”) and Stefania Sandrelli (“Last Kiss”).

Written by Muccino and Paolo Costella (“Perfect Strangers”), “A Casa Tutti Bene” revolves around a family which gathers to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of their two elderly parents, Pietro and Alba, on the small island of Ischia in Italy. A violent storm hits the island, forcing the entire family to live under the same roof for two days and two nights, leading them to rehash old, unresolved conflicts and share doubts about the future.

“This movie is about everything: life, our existences, about how difficult it is to live with anyone, from your partner to your children and finally your parents,” said Muccino. “This is a story that describes – and here I quote one of the teenagers in the film – how hard it is to be fair. That is what all the characters strive for, but it’s hardest thing to achieve in life,” added the director.

Nicolas Eschbach, Indie Sales’s boss, said “A Casa Tutti Bene” “brings us back to popular Italian classics.” “It’s also got Muccino’s warm and colorful touch; a topnotch cast; and a universal story that can appeal audiences well beyond Italy,” said Eschbach, whose sales banner will host a market premiere of the movie at Berlin Film Festival’s EFM.

“A Casa Tutti Bene” is produced by Lotus Production, a Leone Film Group company, and 3Marys Entertainment S.r.l. with Rai Cinema.

The film is expected to be one of year’s biggest releases in Italy. 01Distribution will release it on 500 screens in Italy on Valentine Day, Feb. 14.

Muccino’s most acclaimed Italian film is “The Last Kiss” which won the audience prize at Sundance in 2002.

Over the last few years, Indie Sales has successfully handled several prestige Italian films, including Stefano Sollima’s “Suburra” and Matteo Rovere’s “Romulus and Remus, The First King.”

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Indie Sales Acquires Claus Drexel’s Political Documentary ‘America’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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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Indie Sales boards Emmanuel Mouret’s costume drama ‘Mademoiselle de Joncquières’ (exclusive)

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 CapriceShall 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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10 Directors to Watch: Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah Bring Street Cred to Belgian Cinema

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.”

Full article HERE.

Indie Sales Boards Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s ‘Gangsta’ (EXCLUSIVE)

VARIETY October 24th, 2017  | Elsa Keslassy

Paris-based Indie Sales has boarded Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s high-voltage action thriller “Gangsta” in the run up to the AFM.

“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:

Full article HERE

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