Atarrabi & Mikelats
US born French filmmaker Eugène Green’s eighth feature will be Atarrabi & Mikelats, produced by Julien Naveau (Evolution, 2015) of Noodles Production and the Dardennes are onboard as well. Green’s cast will be mostly newcomers, including Saia and Lukas Hiriat as the titular leads plus Ainara Leemans, Thierry Biscary and Pablo Lasa. Green will be reuniting with his DP Raphael O’Byrne. Green’s 2003 title The Living World premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, and he’s competed three times for the Golden Leopard in Locarno – 2007’s omnibus Memories (awarded a special Jury Prize, shared with Pedro Costa and Harun Farocki), 2009’s The Portuguese Nun and 2014’s La Sapienza. His 2016 title The Son of Joseph premiered in Berlin’s Forum sidebar.
Gist: Green’s latest is a fable about the Goddess Mari and her two sons, born of a mortal father, whom she entrusts to the devil for their education. Mikelats decides to stay with his master but Atarrabi flees—but the devil manages to hold onto his shadow.
Release Date/Prediction: Green is in post-production, completed in September. We expect him to compete for a fourth time in Locarno.