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Frenemy With Benefits: Strand Releasing Adopt Andre Techine’s “Being 17”

Continuing their longstanding relationship with French filmmaker, Variety reports that Strand Releasing have added the Berlin Intl. Film Fest comp Being 17 to their evergrowing Andre Techine library. Already holding Wild Reeds, The Girl on the Train, Witnesses and Unforgivable, look for this coming-of-age drama to play the U.S fest circuit and perhaps receive a theatrical release before the end of the year.

Gist: Set against the Pyrenees mountains, Damien is a seventeen-year-old student who lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father, Nathan, is a military pilot on a mission abroad. In high school, Damien gets picked on by Tom, a fellow classmate, and there is constant altercations between them. Meanwhile, Tom’s foster mother is facing a difficult pregnancy and Marianne invites Tom to live with her family for the time being. The two foes are thus forced to live together.

Worth Noting: Among the current go to actress as of late, Sandrine Kiberlain has worked with Martin Provost, Serge Bozon, and the late Alain Resnais in Life of Riley.

Do We Care?: A return to form for the filmmaker, our Nicholas Bell who caught the film Berlin Film Festival found plenty to admire in the scribe pairing adding that “Téchiné and Sciamma craft a winning and authentic scenario.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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