Production house picks up 'Island,' 'Ave'
Paris-based shingle Le Pacte has picked up two Bulgarian pics playing at Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight player “The Island” and Critics’ Week’s screener “Ave.”
“The Island” stars Laetitia Casta and Thure Lindhardt as a couple whose romantic trip to a Bulgarian island turns out to be far from idyllic.
Pic is produced by Kalev’s shingle Waterfront Film and co-produced by Swedish outfit the Chimney Pot.
“Ave” is a dramedy toplining thesps Angela Nedyalkova and Ovanes Torosyan. Pic turns on a hitchhiker and runaway teenage girl who fall in love.
Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte has also nabbed Katia Lewkowizc’s Critics’ Week screener “Bachelor Days Are Over.” The French laffer stars a string of well-known thesps, notably singer-turned-actor Benjamin Biolay, Emmanuelle Devos and Nicole Garcia.
At Cannes, Le Pacte’s sales team, headed by Camille Neel, is shopping Mathieu Amalric’s “The Screen Illusion,” a contempo adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s classic play. The Denis Podalydes-starrer is produced by Les Films des Pierre and Maia Cinema.
Le Pacte’s Cannes roaster also includes “The Land of Oblivion,” a drama from Michale Boganim (“Odessa Odessa”) on the Chernobyl tragedy, starring Olga Kurylenko; and John Shank’s “Last Winter,” a drama starring Vincent Rottiers and Anais Demoustier.
“Oblivion” is produced by Les Films du Poisson. “Last Winter’ is produced by up-and-coming production shingle Silex Films, launched a year ago.
Le Pacte will release both “Oblivion” and “Last Winter” in Gaul.