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Films Boutique Adds Several Pix to Berlin Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Lineup include Susan Sarandon-starrer 'Ping Pong Summer,' Daniel Ribeiro’s 'The Way He Looks'

LONDON — Jean-Christophe Simon’s Berlin-based sales house Films Boutique has added a string of high-profile pics to its Berlin sales slate, including Susan Sarandon-starrer “Ping Pong Summer” and Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks,” which world premieres in Berlin’s Panorama section.

Other additions include Goran Hugo Olsson’s Sundance and Berlin Panorama pic “Concerning Violence,” Sudabeh Mortezai’s Berlin competition player “Macondo,” Umut Dag’s “Cracks in Concrete,” which screens as a Panorama Special, and Denis Cote’s “Joy of Man’s Desiring,” which world premieres in the Forum section.

American indie director Michael Tully’s 1980s-set coming-of-age comedy “Ping Pong Summer,” which also toplines John Hannah and Lea Thompson, screened at Sundance and Rotterdam, and will be screened at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Tully made his directorial debut with “Cocaine Angel,” which world preemed at Rotterdam in 2006. His follow-up, “Silver Jew,” world premiered at SXSW in 2007. In 2011, he wrote, directed and acted in “Septien,” which premiered at Sundance.

Turning on the first love of a blind teenager, and expanding on a prior short, “Way” marks the first feature of Ribeiro and Sao Paulo production house Lacuna Filmes, whose “You, Me and Him” won a Crystal Bear for best short film at 2008’s Berlin, playing in the Generation 14plus section.

“Daniel managed to make a very moving film focusing on characters and feelings,” said Simon.

“His directing, associated with the music of band Belle and Sebastian, gives the film a light touch that turns a film with an important topic into a feel-good and moving crowd-pleaser,” he added.

Swedish filmmaker Olsson’s documentary “Concerning Violence,” a commentary on Africa’s decolonization process, has a voiceover by Lauryn Hill of The Fugees, and is produced by Danny Glover. Olsson is best known for his 2011 docu “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975,” about the civil rights movement in the U.S., which picked up an editing award at Sundance, and played in Berlin’s Panorama.

“Macondo” is the first feature from Iranian-Austrian helmer Mortezai, who is the director of the acclaimed documentaries “In the Bazaar of Sexes” and “Children of the Prophet.”

French Canadian director Cote was in Berlin last year with “Vic+Flo Saw a Bear,” which was in competition and picked up the Alfred Bauer Prize. “Joy of Man’s Desiring” is described by its production company as “an open-ended exploration of the energies and rituals of various workplaces.”

Kurdish-Austrian helmer Dag’s debut pic, “Kuma,” played in Berlin’s Panorama in 2012.

Films Boutique is also handling Georgian helmer Levan Koguashvili’s “Blind Dates,” which plays in the Forum section in Berlin. Pic screened at Toronto.

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