Be For Films Picks Up Locarno’s ‘Last Dance,’ ‘Little Ones’


Brussels-centered gross sales company Be For Movies has picked up worldwide product sales rights to two world premiere titles at the upcoming 75th Locarno Movie Competition: Delphine Lehericey’s Piazza Grande entry “Last Dance” and Julie Lerat-Gersant’s Cineasti del Presente participant “Little Types.”

Lehericey’s 3rd film, the dramedy “Last Dance,” is a Switzerland-Belgium co-manufacturing, teaming Lausanne-centered Box Productions with Brussels’ Require Productions.

The film follows Germain, an introspective retiree who abruptly gets a widower at 75. Instantly, he finds himself at the coronary heart of a contemporary dance company’s most recent operate, honoring a assure he produced to his departed wife.

The film stars French actor François Berléand (“Les Choristes,” “Transporter”), Spanish-born choreographer, dancer and visual artist La Ribot, Kacey Mottet-Klein (“Sister,” “Home”), Jean-Benoît Ugeux (“I Experience Very good,” “Paris Law enforcement 1900”) and Sabine Timoteo (“The Chronicles of Melanie,” “Driften”).

“Last Dance” is generated by Box Productions’ Elena Tatti, the producer of Lehericey’s preceding options “Puppy Love” and “Beyond the Horizon” a most effective movie and screenplay winner at the 2020 Grand Prix Swiss Award. The two spouse and children dramas about tormented adolescents premiered in San Sebastian’s New Directors sidebar in 2013 and 2019, respectively.

“It’s an huge pleasure to go after this kind of a stimulating collaboration with Delphine Lehericey and her producer Elena Tatti. They amazed us by coming with the script of ‘Last Dance.’ We cried, laughed, and I feel these thoughts are essential for the viewers right now,” claimed Pamela Leu, CEO and head of gross sales at Be For Films.

“’Last Dance’ is the prospect for Delphine Lehericey to know an notion that she had preferred to discover for quite a few several years: To depict the retirement yrs in a way that is both of those kind and humorous concern the way we are inclined to take care of aged folks like kids picture a motion picture that speaks about mourning, love, as perfectly as household interactions and buddies,” Tatti argued.

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“Thanks to the skilful way she was equipped to interweave the environment of cinema and dance, including the gallery of touching and type characters she imagined, as perfectly as her relocating homage to ‘movement and the appreciate that binds beings endlessly,’ in accordance to her personal words, Delphine, it would seem to us, productively realized the goal she gave herself: To develop an unique experience-very good movie with an art house really feel,” she additional.

Lehericey, who directed the medium duration movie “Comme à Ostende,” chosen for Locarno’s Concorso Cineasti del Presente in 2007, is creating her 1st Tv collection, “Les Indociles,” developed yet again by Box Productions.

Competing this yr at Cineasti del Presente, a part reserved for rising filmmakers from all around the earth, “Little Ones” is generated by Sophie Révil and Denis Carot at Paris-dependent Escazal Movies, the firm powering France 2 strike Television series “Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie.” “Little Ones” will be dispersed in France by Haut et Court.

“We are extremely very pleased of the assortment in Cineasti Del Presente. The section is the best door for a initial time director like Julie Lerat-Gersant to start her career. ‘Little Ones’ will certainly hook distributors’ hearts and far more festivals to emphasize the sincerity and strength of a 1st element movie,” Be For Films’ Pamela Leu mentioned.

The aspect debut of Lerat-Gersant revolves around Camille, a 16-12 months-previous expecting female put in a residence for teen mothers by a family members court judge.

Divided from her own loving but poisonous mother, she strikes up a friendship with Alison, yet another rather immature underage mom, and rebels versus the social employee Nadine, a passionate, albeit blasé authority determine. These encounters will radically improve her future.

“My initial motivation to compose this script and make this film came about quite a few many years back when I was conducting composing workshops in teenage pregnancy centers. These big group houses are filled with teenage moms and really younger kids. I was struck by the disarming combination of carefree adolescence coupled with parental tasks,” Julie-Lerat Gersant spelled out.

She included: “The truth of lifestyle there is harsh and sadly, dysfunctional spouse and children designs are normally repeated from one era to the up coming. But thankfully often, specified young ladies have activities that give hope to other people, leaving an perception on the team of professionals working there. Camille is 1 of these young women of all ages.”

Released in 2014, Be For Movies is the Belgian subsidiary of the French team Playtime, previously known as Films Distribution. It is generally centered on indie movies, whether or not fiction or documentaries, comedies or dramas, dealing with societal and potent girls challenges. Be For Movies receives money and company backing from Playtime.


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