New pic to be ready for Cannes

MADRID — Agnes Varda has a new film, “ Les plages d’Agnes,” and a sales agent home.

Currently in post-production, and looking set to be ready for delivery by Cannes, “Plages” is an autobiographical docu feature by the vet French auteur, whose 1962 film “Cleo From 5 to 7” gave a female tint to France’s Nouvelle Vague.

“If you open people, you’ll find landscapes. In my case, you’ll find beaches,” Varda is quoted as saying.

Recording the beaches in her life, and the people in her life, “Les plages d’Agnes” tells one story of the near 80-year-old helmer’s existence.

Overseas sales rights on “Plages” have been taken by Roissy Films. In the run-up to Berlin, the French sales agent also announced Tuesday that it has acquired international rights to Amos Gitai’s “One Day You’ll Understand,” based on the novel of the same title by TV exec Jerome Clement, president of Arte France.

Clement wrote the novel in memory of his parents, who were murdered at Auschwitz.

Allotted a place in Berlin’s Berlinale Special sidebar, Gitai’s latest film turns on a man who begins to investigate his Jewish mother’s family past, spurred on by Klaus Barbie’s trial.

Produced by Image et Compagnie, AgavFilms and pubcaster France 2, it toplines Jeanne Moreau.

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