Magazine article Screen International

German Sales Agents Grab Festival Films

Magazine article Screen International

German Sales Agents Grab Festival Films

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New films by Michael Tully, Denis Coté, Göran Hugo Olsson and Maximilian Leo are among the latest pickups by German sales agents Films Boutique and Media Luna.

Jean-Christophe Simon's Berlin-based outfit Films Boutique has four world premieres at next week's Berlin Film Festival:

Sudabeh Mortezai's first feature Macondo after his acclaimed documentaries The Bazaar of Sexes and Children of the Prophet, in the Official Competition.

Brazilian Daniel Ribeiro's coming of age comedy-drama The Way He Looks, in the Panorama.

Umut Dag's stark drama Cracks In Concrete, in Panorama Special.

Canadian film-maker Denis Coté's documentary Joy Of Man's Desiring about the energies and rituals of the workplace, in the Berlinale's Forum.

In addition, Films Boutique will have the market premiere of Michael Tully's comedy Ping Pong Summer, starring Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris, Judah Friedlander and Lea Thompson, which premiered in Sundance and is screening at Rotterdam this week.

The other market premiere is Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson's documentary Concerning Violence, on the struggle for freedom in the African colonies.

The film is based on recently discovered archive footage and accompanied by extracts from Frantz Fanon's book The Wretched of the Earth. It premiered in Sundance and is now screening in the Panorama where Olsson's previous film Black Power Mixtape was shown in 2011.

A market screening has also been booked for Georgian Levan Koguashvili's comedy Blind Dates, which has its European premiere in the Forum section.Media Luna's world premieres

Cologne-based sales company Media Luna New Films has picked up Dutch filmmaker Dick Tuinder's Farewell To The Moon, which had its world premiere in Rotterdam's Tiger Awards Competition this week.

The tragi-comedy about a boy's first love affair as the last man lands on the moon in 1972 was produced by Column Film. …

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