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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Fortissmo Films

Compared with last year, Fortissmo Films come packing with only a single title, but that doesn’t mean their sales agent won’t be spending pretty much the entire festival from their rented office balcony. They signed a fairly ambitious deal with Fox – first time I’ve heard of a major studio outputting their titles to a films sales company of this nature and they’ve got one receiving a world preem at the festival in Sergei Loznitsa’s My Joy.

Compared with last year, Fortissmo Films come packing with only a single title, but that doesn’t mean their sales agent won’t be spending pretty much the entire festival from their rented office balcony. They signed a fairly ambitious deal with Fox – first time I’ve heard of a major studio outputting their titles to a films sales company of this nature and they’ve got one receiving a world preem at the festival in Sergei Loznitsa’s My Joy (see pic) has the unique distinction of being from a first-timer – it’s a rare feat to see a first timer in the Main Comp – so, we might be looking at a gem here folks. Among the hot titles on the sales side of things is Anh Hung Tran’s Norwegian Wood – a pic that I was sure was going to land a spot in Cannes this year, but appears to still be in post prod. Look for it to be headed to Venice & TIFF. Doc film on Bob Marley should be an easy close in many territories. P.S: If there are any Fortissmo people that read this – I would love to pass by and grab a screener for the TIFF title I missed: The Last Days of Emma Blank.

MY JOY (SCHASTYE MOE) by Sergei LOZNITSA – Completed
REIGN OF ASSASSINS by Chao-Pin SU – Production
SANDCASTLE by Junfeng BOO – Completed
THE PROMISED LAND by Michael WINTERBOTTOM – Pre-Production
WASTED ON THE YOUNG by Ben C. LUCAS – Post-Production
DREAM HOME by Ho-Cheung PANG – Completed
GRIFF THE INVISIBLE by Leon FORD – Production
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD by Tamra DAVIS – Completed
NORWEGIAN WOOD by Anh Hung TRAN – Post-Production
THE HAIRDRESSER (DIE FRISEUSE) by Doris DÖRRIE – Completed
THE SHOCK LABYRINTH: EXTREME by Takashi SHIMIZU – Completed
WINTER’S BONE by Debra GRANIK – Completed

$9.99 by Tatia ROSENTHAL – Completed
AGAINST THE CURRENT by Peter CALLAHAN – Completed
AIR DOLL (KUKI NINGYO) by Hirokazu KORE-EDA – Completed
BLACK OASIS by Stephan ELLIOTT – Pre-Production
BURIED SECRETS (DOWAHA) by Raja AMARI – Completed
CHILDREN OF THE PYRE by Rajesh JALA – Completed
DANCE, SUBARU! by Chi Ngai LEE – Completed
DANIEL & ANA (DANIEL Y ANA) by Michel FRANCO – Completed
DISGRACE by Steve JACOBS – Completed
EVERY LITTLE STEP by James D. STERN – Completed
FACE (VISAGE) by Tsai MING-LIANG – Completed
FOOD, INC. by Robert KENNER – Completed
LAILA’S BIRTHDAY (EID MILAD LAILA) by Rashid MASHARAWI – Completed
LIFE DURING WARTIME by Todd SOLONDZ – Completed
MARLEY – Production
MIAO MIAO by Hsiao-Tse CHENG – Completed
NYMPH (NANG MAI) by Pen-Ek RATANARUANG – Completed
PRINCE OF TEARS by Yonfan – Completed
ROAD, MOVIE by Dev BENEGAL – Completed
TELSTAR by Nick MORAN – Completed
THE LAST DAYS OF EMMA BLANK (DE LAATSTE DAGEN VAN EMMA BLANK) by Alex VAN WARMERDAM – Completed
THE WARRIOR AND THE WOLF (LANG ZAI JI) by Tian ZHUANGZHUANG – Completed

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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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