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Laszlo Nemes to Reteam With Films Distribution on Sophomore Movie ‘Sunset’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris-based Films Distribution is set to reteam with Laszlo Nemes, the director of Cannes’ grand jury prize and Oscar-winning “Son of Saul,” on his sophomore film, “Sunset.”

Films Distribution, which sold Nemes’ harrowing Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” worldwide to major distributors, including in North America to Sony Pictures Classics, is back on board to co-produce “Sunset” on top of handling international sales.

A coming-of-age drama set in 1910 Budapest, “Sunset” tells the tale of a girl who matures into a strong and fearless young woman. While the plot remains under wraps, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said the project was highly promising since its plot will essentially revolve around a woman’s journey and will deliver a portrait of the rapidly-changing, cosmopolitan city of Budapest right before the outbreak of World War I.

Set to shoot in 2017, “Sunset” will reteam Nemes with “Son of Saul’s” cinematographer Mátyás Erdély, and producers Gábor Sipos and Gábor Rajna at Hungary’s Laokoon Cinema.

Nemes made a big splash in Cannes last year with his feature debut “Son of Saul,” which played in competition, earned rave reviews at the festival and scooped the grand prize from Joel and Ethan Coen’s jury. “Son of Saul” revolves around an Auschwitz prisoner who is forced, along with other prisoners, to work at the camp, and assist in the extermination and disposal of fellow Jews.

Nemes will be attending Cannes again this year to sit on George Miller’s competition jury, along with Mads Mikkelsen, Kirsten Dunst, Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Paradis, Valeria Golino and Katayoon Shahabi.

Headed by its founders Brigaud-Robert and Francois Yon, Films Distribution has a flurry of movies playing in Cannes, notably Brillante Ma Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” playing in competition, Delphine and; Muriel Coulin’s “The Stopover” playing Un Certain Regard and Rithy Panh’s “Exile” in Special Screening.

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