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AFM: MK2 Unveils ‘Nocturne Afghan’ and ‘A Simple Man’

Atiq Rahimi (‘The Patience Stone’) directs ‘Nocturne,’ Stephane Brize (‘Mademoiselle Chambon’) helms ‘Simple Man’

AFM: MK2 Unveils 'Nocturne Afghan' and

Nathanael Karmitz’s Paris-based MK2 is bringing two new films onto the international market: French-Afghan director-writer Atiq Rahimi’s “Nocturne Afghan,” and “A Simple Man,” from Gallic auteur Stephane Brize, and starring Vincent Lindon.

MK2’s Juliette Schrameck will be introducung the titles to buyers at the American Film Market.

Marin Karmitz and sons Elisha and Nathanael Karmitz will produce “Nocturne Afghan” for MK Productions, with MK2 handling all rights, “Nocturne Afghan” will shoot from January 2015 in Paris. It turns on a young Afghan, Nangui, who is about to apply for political asylum in Paris, and has just one day to get together the money to pay a smuggler bringing his brother into France. Beyond unexpected encounters and misunderstandings, his mad dash around Paris prompts a budding love story.

“Nocturne Afghan” marks Rahimi’s third feature after 2012’s “The Patience Stone” (pictured) adapting his own Goncourt Prize winning novel, which sold to 25 countries and won Golshifteh Farahani a most promising actress Cesar , and 2004’s “Earth and Ashes,” a Cannes Un Certain Regard winner.

MK2 has also acquired international rights to “A Simple Man,” the sixth feature from Brize, scribe-helmer of sensitive studies of suffering working-class characters. Produced by Christophe Rossugnon and Philip Boeffard, and shooting this month on the outskirts of Paris, “A Simple Man” reunites Brize with Lindon , star of Brize’s breakout hit “Mademoiselle Chambon,” and more recent “A Few Hours of Spring.” Lindon plays Laurent, a man who starts a new job as a security guard and is asked to spy on his colleagues.