Wild Bunch sets up own Berlin base

Pic snub piques company ire

Gaul’s Wild Bunch are hopping mad at Berlin fest topper Dieter Kosslick — and to show it they’ve made their own unorthodox arrangements.

Instead of taking a stand at the EFM,  the Paris-based outfit, touting new pics by Abel Ferrara, Im Kwon-Taek and Barbet Schroeder, has taken up residence in a makeshift hut on derelict land between Potsdamer Platz and the Martin Gropius Bau.

A billboard of the fest’s topper festoons the stand. A beer and sauerkraut party inaugurated the venue Wednesday night.

Wild Bunch topper Vincent Maraval claims Kosslick hasn’t played the game with his company, bypassing them as he goes about his selection process — but when there is bad news to dole out to directors, turning to them to deliver it.

“We want to make this a lighthearted protest but we are really fed up with the way Kosslick has behaved. All of the other fest directors allow us to make a case on behalf of our films, but Kosslick won’t even speak to me on the phone,” Maraval said.

Apparently, Kosslick saw and turned down the Gallic costumer “Moliere,” a film being handled by Wild Bunch, without going via the sales company. Eventually, asserts Maraval, a Unifrance rep told Wild Bunch that “Moliere” hadn’t made the cut.

“Kosslick is free to select what he wants, but this is arrogance,” Maraval said. “In future we won’t present our films to Berlin.” 

The French exporters’ association ADEF distanced itself from the Wild Bunch topper’s assertions.

“I’ve had no formal complaints about Berlin,” said the association’s president Raphael Berdugo, head of Roissy Films.

The festival did not want to comment.

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