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International Sales Agent of the Day: Coach 14

International Sales Agent of the Day: Coach 14

Andrew MacLean’s On the Ice

Pape Boye and Jaume Domenech of Paris based Coach 14 picked up 2 films in Sundance: Terri which ATO had acquired for U.S. in Toronto, and just after Sundance, they picked up what won the Berlinale’s Best First Picture Award, On The Ice, a beautifully told story taking place in the isolated, frozen town of Barrow, Alaska about two Iñupiaq teenagers (‘Skimos’ as they call themselves) who have grown up like brothers in a tight-knit community defined as much by ancient traditions as by hip-hop and snowmobiles and who are caught up in an accidental murder of a third friend while on a seal hunt. Panic stricken, terrified, and with no one to blame but themselves, they lie and declare the death a tragic accident.

Terri by Azazel Jacobs

Coach 14 is a world sales agency, with headquarters in Paris and Barcelona.
Per Pape and Jaume,

We bring together all the experience that our young management team gained as executives in a number of European film businesses in the areas of production, distribution and international sales. We are well versed in the specificities of the sector, with regard to both creative and economic aspects. Our individual careers have enabled us familiarize ourselves with the special characteristics of the filmmaking industry in the different countries in which we work. Our main goal is to manage world sales of independent productions with the maximum commitment to producers as well as to distributors. Our line-up comprises well selected titles, with the relevant international trajectory.

A Little Closer by Matthew Petock was picked up for world wide representation in Rotterdam where it screened in Bright Future.
On the Ice picked up at Sundance
Carre Blanc by Jean Baptiste Leonetti
Principles of Life by Constantin Popescu
All Good Children by Alicia Duffy ♀
Portrait of a Fighter as a Young Man by Constantin Popescu

Buyers Only
By Invitation**Invitation available at C14’s Office

Terri (picked up at Sundance)
Written and Directed by Azazel Jacobs, USA 2011, 105 minutes
MARKET PREMIERE OF SUNDANCE U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION: “A beautifully subtle and wholly original take on the high-school-set-coming-of-age-film”
– Screen

Abandoned by his parents, Terri is left with his ailing Uncle James, who needs the boy’s help more than Terri needs his. Sensitive, overweight and awkward, Terri is painfully aware that his circumstances put him irredeemably outside the inner circle of high school life.

Resigned to his outsider status, Terri is surprised when his tough-talking high school vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, takes an interest in him. Under Mr. Fitzgerald’s tutelage, Terri befriends a pair of fellow misfits, Chad an edgy loner whose rebellion masks his own insecurities, and Heather, a sexually precocious girl whose beauty proves to be a trap of its own. The three teenagers find an unexpected, imperfect bond that reflects the poignance of the adolescent experience.

11/02 – 6:20 PM

14/02 – 9:15 AM
Arsenal 2

Buyers Only By Invitation**Invitation available at C14’s Office
Written and Directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti
France 2011
85 minutes
A world that looks pretty much like ours. Except for one difference: society feeds on its weak. They are the CARRE BLANC.

As a teenager, Philippe is brought to an orphanage. There he meets Marie. Twenty years later, they are still together. Philippe makes his living by selecting who becomes CARRE BLANC. Marie is struggling to survive after several miscarriages.

Will Philippe and Marie find each other again if they don’t share the same vision of the world anymore?

13/02 – 9:00 AM

Written and Directed by
Matthew Petock
USA 2011
85 minutes

“Petock and his flawless cast get everything right… the pic nicely captures the circumscribed options available to nontraditional families in this kind of community.” – Variety

In the forgotten corners of rural Virginia, Sheryl struggles to balance her work as a housekeeper and raising her two sons, fifteen year-old Marc and eleven year-old Stephen. Hoping to meet the love of her life and bring home a father for her boys, she frequents a depressing, weekly mixer for the towns aging singles set. Meanwhile, Marc is desperate to lose his virginity, and spends his days working at a used car lot. And his brother Stephen, in the throes of sexual discovery, becomes infatuated with his school teacher while hoping to win the approval of a group of peers who adamantly detest her.

11/02 – 7:20 PM
CinemaxX 18

13/02 – 5:00 PM

Written and directed by Alicia Duffy
Ireland – Belgium – France 2010
80 minutes

“A hypnotic and beguiling film”
– Screen
“…a stirringly poetic take, gorgeously photographed, on preteen love and obsession.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

After the death of their mother, Dara and his brother are moved from Ireland to rural France. There, the boys befriend a local English family and the vulnerable Dara falls under the spell of Bella, their young daughter. Life seems magical, until she begins to pull away from him…

Directed by Constantin Popescu
Romania 2010
97 minutes

“…a quietly absorbing, deadpan-droll character study of a man at odds with the modern world, much too stubborn to just go with the flow.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
Velicanu considers himself fulfilled. He has money, a new villa, he is married (for the second time) to a young woman with whom he has a baby & has a son from his first marriage. Before the holidays, he has to leave his business in good order. But things get a little bit complicated. The crisis at the end of the day makes him wonder if he is really happy & fulfilled.

Written and directed by
Constantin Popescu
Romania 2010
120 minutes

“…beautifully shot and the actors give remarkable performances as members of the anti-Communist resistance.”
– Screen

Right after World War 2 Romania fell under communist dictatorship. The country became a huge prison. Terror was its new rule. In those times, in the mountains of Romania – but not only there – groups of people opposed the communist regime by armed resistance. They became a symbol of the Resistance against communist rule.

OFFICE AT EFM FROM FEBRUARY 10th – 16th: UNIFRANCE – STAND #33 Martin-Gropius-Bau

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