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Berlin-based Films Boutique has snatched up international sales rights to Alexey German Jr.’s “Under Electric Clouds,” a dystopian sci-fi drama set to world-premiere in competition at Berlin.

Set in 2017 Russia, “Under Electric Clouds” follows different characters whose lives cross paths as a great new war is about to break out.  

German Jr.’s follow-up to “Paper Soldier,” “Under Electric Clouds” pursues the director’s exploration of human souls and Russian politics.

“The film is visually very sophisticated in its near-apocalyptic portrayal of a large city that has been abandoned and is slowly disintegrating,” said Films Boutique’s new head of sales and marketing Louis Balsan, who just joined the company from Paris-based Funny Balloons.

Films Boutique has two other films playing in competition at the Berlinale: Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” and Sabu’s action-packed fantasy “Chasuke’s Journey.”

Produced by Japan’s Office Kitano with Paris’ Backup Films, “Chasuke’s Journey” tells the tale of an angel who comes to Earth to save a woman after accidentally causing her death.

“Eisenstein in Guanajuato” charts the sensual awakening in Mexico of Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein, who is best known for “Battleship Potemkin.” The Dutch-Mexican film is produced by Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting at Submarine, San Fu Matha at Fu Works and Cristina Velasco at Paloma Negra.

Balsan said Films Boutique was particularly happy “to present films that question today’s society with a wide diversity of topics and distribution angles” and to be working with “established filmmakers such as Sabu, Peter Greenaway and Alexey German Jr while supporting very promising first-time directors such as Duccio Chiarini (“Shot Skin”) and Jean-Gabriel Périot (“A German youth”).

Films Boutique has indeed picked up Jean-Gabriel Périot’s “German Youth,” which is set to open Berlin’s Panorama  Documentary section.

Based on archive footage, Periot’s documentary chronicles the political radicalization of some German youth in the late 1960’s that gave birth to the Red Army Faction — a German revolutionary group founded by Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof, among others. The network has also been referred to as the ‘bande à Baader’ ou the Baader-Meinhof group. 

Films Boutique has also acquired Duccio Chiarini’s feature debut “Short Skin” playing in the Berlinale’s Generation section. A bittersweet coming-of-age dramedy, “Short Skin” stars newcomer Matteo Creatini as Edoardo, a 17-year old teenager on a journey to overcome sexual insecurity and discover love.

Balsan has a track record in handling festival-friendly world cinema titles: While at Funny Balloons, where he worked for nearly four years, Balsan sold such prized arthouse films as Laurent Cantet’s ‘Return to Ithaca,” Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini,” Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria” and Pablo Larrain’s “No” worldwide.