For the 5th year running, the French sales company Memento Films International will have at least one title from its line-up in competition at the Berlinale (63rd edition, February 7th to 17th), a festival in which it was particularly successful in 2011 and 2012, winning the Golden Bear for A Separation and the Special Jury Prize for Sister. This time, at the European Film Market and in the race for the Golden Bear, the team led by Emilie Georges and carried by Tanja Meissner will be placing its bets on In the Name Of by Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, a movie which will premiere globally on Friday, February 8th.
"We started working with Malgorzata Szumowskaon her previous movie, Elles and we felt like continuing because she is a true filmmaker, gifted with a great sense of staging, and her own individual voice, which is not afraid of political subjects”, explained Tanja Meissner to Cineuropa. "With In the Name Of, she tackles a very controversial subject, especially in Poland: the homosexuality of priests. It is not an Almodovar-style context, but rather a love story. It is a plea for love to be taken into account by the Catholic Church. Malgorzata knows she will inevitably be attacked - something which has actually already started. But the film, which is the first Polish feature film selected in competition in Berlin for about 20 years, fits perfectly into the festival's committed editorial line.”
Memento can also count on Circles by Srdan Golubovic (co-produced by Serbia, France, Germany, Slovenia and Greece), recent winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and selected for the Forum in Berlin. Two other movies coming straight from Sundance and the Park City at Midnight section are also featured in the line-up: the collective movie S-VHS and We Are What We Are by Jim Mickle.
At the market screenings, Memento will show Under The Rainbow by Agnès Jaoui (news), while pursuing its pre-sales of two films in post-production: the inter-temporal detective movie Back in Crime by Germinal Alvarez(article) and the much-awaited The Past (article), the first French film by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.
Translated from French
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