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Our Daily ISA (International Sales Agent): Pyramide: 6 Films in the Festival

Our Daily ISA (International Sales Agent): Pyramide: 6 Films in the Festival

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PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL breaks the record for the 6 films that they will be presenting in the festival and sidebars: 3 in the Official Selection, 2 in Directors’ Fortnight and 1 in Critics’ Week!

Pyramide International is part of the Pyramide Group which is also a domestic distribution company in France (Pyramide Distribution) and a French production company (Pyramide Productions). The company was founded in 1989 by Claudie Cheval, Fabienne Vonier, Francis Boespflug, Louis Malle and Michel Seydoux. Claudie also founded ACE which is still going strong today under the leadership of Sophie Bourdon. Claudie brought Eric Lagesse into Pyramide International as a young man and typically for everyone who is involved with Pyramide he continues to work with them today. Claudie was one of the most wonderful, warm and creative women in the business and unfortunately for us all, she died much too soon. She set a tone of willing cooperation and support among the French film business colleagues. One can see at a glance when entering the Unifrance umbrella offices of the French international sales agents at the markets and when reading how films in the Cannes Film Festival and the sidebars seem to be apportioned out when there is no international sales agent attached yet, that there is a kind of sharing going on among them. The French government support of film as a cultural heritage also allow the French sales agents to serve as the best examples of agents for commerical art to all other countries.

PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL breaks the record for the 6 films that they will be presenting in the festival and sidebars: 3 in the Official Selection, 2 in Directors’ Fortnight and 1 in Critics’ Week!

As a world sales agent, Pyramide International (formerly FPI) has deliberately focussed on the “film d’auteur” with the mission of spreading abroad films by young directors like Sandrine Veysset (WILL IT SNOW FOR XMAS ?), Diego Lerman (TAN DE REPENTE), Wang Xiao-Shuai (BEIJING BICYCLE), Eleonore Faucher (BRODEUSES) and more recently Etgar Keret & Shira Geffen (JELLYFISH – Camera d’Or Cannes 2007) and Lucia Puenzo (XXY – Grand Prize of Critics’ Week Cannes 2007) and to follow up with those directors and their producers who have trusted the company. Pyramide Distribution is also a founding member of the Club of Five, an informally structured meeting ground for French independent distributors and is also a member of the United Independent Distributors of Europe founded in 2005.

Their Pyramid logo is derived from the Pyramids of Giza and is completed by a signature in white letters which is that of Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine, the creator of the logo who still maintains good relations with his French distributor.

• OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION
A SCREAMING MAN (Un Homme Qui Crie) by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Daratt, Special Jury Prize, Venice 2006).
African cinema is coming back to Competition (the last African film selection is from 1997) with an incredibly moving story of a father, who under the various pressures of a civil war, will might commit a fatal mistake by giving his son as war contribution.

• OFFICIAL SELECTION – OUT OF COMPETITION
NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT (Nostalgia De La Luz) by Patricio Guzman (Salvador Allende, Official Selection – Out Of Competition, Cannes 2004).
An immersion in Chile political events and the dictatorship crimes; how the astronomers look into space and the Chilean population in the ground to get or get over the past.

• OFFICIAL SELECTION – UN CERTAIN REGARD
THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA by Manoel de Oliveira (Eccentricities Of A Blond Hair Girl, Berlinale Special, Berlin 2009).
Manoel de Oliveira will turn 102 years old this year and will have the great honor to open UN CERTAIN REGARD with the film!

• DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT
AÑO BISIESTO (Leap Year) by Michael Rowe.
Edgy, sexy and some controversy to expect with this explicit and deep drama…

LA MIRADA INVISIBLE (The Invisible Eye) by Diego Lerman (Tan De Repente, Silver Leopard, Locarno 2002).
A personal drama smartly inserted in 1982 Argentinean History; Diego Lerman is reaching a great director status with his new film!

• CRITICS’ WEEK
BELLE EPINE (Dear Prudence) by Rebeca Zlotowski.
A mastered first film from a really talented director. The film should be one of the Cannes “sleepers”…

• IN THE MARKET
COSA VOGLIO DI PIU (What More Do I Want) by Silvio Soldini (Days and Clouds, Bread and Tulips).
From Berlin (Berlinale Special – Gala Screening), the new film by Silvio Soldini, story of a clandestine passion between two lovers who will have hard times making a decision. It had a great opening in Italy.

The upcoming projects will undoubtedly be seen in upcoming festivals. Certainly the new film by Eran Riklis’ THE MISSION OF THE HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER, after the great successes of Lemon Tree and The Syrian Bride. And a new genre from Israel, a thriller by Etan Zur, or Patricio Guzman’s NAOMI.

Their office is located at the RIVIERA – Stand F6, same as last year.
Office phone number: +33 4 92 99 32 01
Cell phone number: +33 6 62 36 98 25

Yoann Ubermulhin
PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL
5, rue du Chevalier de Saint George
75008 Paris

Phone: +33.1.42.96.02.20
Fax: +33.1.40.20.05.51
www.pyramidefilms.com/pyramideinternational

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