Cannes: Fortissimo Films to Debut 'Last Summer,' 'Atlantic' to Buyers

12:18 AM PST 05/09/2014 by Karen Chu
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Fortissimo Films CEO Michael Werner

The films, from Italy's Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli and the Netherland's Jan-Willem Van Ewijk, respectively, will show exclusive footage to buyers at the Cannes market.

HONG KONG – Fortissimo Films will present Italy's Last Summer and the Netherland's Atlantic at the upcoming Cannes market.

Both films are in postproduction. Fortissimo is handling worldwide sales for both films outside their respective country of origin and will show exclusive footage at the Cannes market.

Last Summer was directed by London-based, award-winning Italian commercials and short film director Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli and stars Academy Award-nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) with newcomer Ken Brady. The English/Japanese-language film is produced by Elda Ferri (Jean Vigo Italia), Luigi Musini (Cinemaundici) and Rai Cinema, and was written by Guerra Seragnoli and Igort. It tells the story of a woman trying to find closure with her 6-year-old son before losing custody of him forever. The film was partially set on a luxury yacht off the coast of Apulia.

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Atlantic, written and directed by Jan-Willem Van Ewijk, whose previous feature was the award-winning film, Nu, is an Arabic/French-language film shot in Morocco along the Atlantic coast of the country. A co-production between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, the film is produced by Dutch indie producer Bero Beyer of Augustus Film (Paradise Now), Marion Hansel (Man's Film Production), and Fabian Massah (Endorphine Productions) along with Propeller Film and NTR. Telling the story of a young Moroccan man's trials during a solitary windsurfing voyage to Europe, the film is expected to have its festival premiere and commercial launch later this year.

"We’re delighted to be adding both Atlantic and Last Summer to Fortissimo’s strong and diverse Cannes slate," said Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner. "Atlantic is an inspirational film set against a treacherous and unknown landscape telling the story of a young man who challenges nature and himself in order to look for freedom in love and life. Last Summer is set against the beautiful and breathtaking Apulian coast and offers up a tremendous performance by Rinko Kikuchi in a touching and at times, heartbreaking role of a mother who may never get to see her young son again. We’re confident that with the tremendous stories and universal themes depicted in both films, our distributors will find the promo footage on both films to be appealing and motivating."

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