Five Titles Likely to Generate Buzz at This Year's AFM
Jonathan Teplitzky's "Burning Man," directed from his own script and starring Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths and Gia Carides, is attracting heat after footage was first screened this year during the Toronto International Film Festival. Being sold at AFM by Filmbox, the picture is billed as a reckless, sexy, provocative and ultimately tear-jerking father and son tale. Currently in postproduction, the film is bankrolled by Standard Chartered, Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Producers are Andy Paterson and Teplitzky.
This 3D animated feature from German mini-major Constantin is a family-friendly comedy in the "Ice Age" style. Loosely based on a German kids classic by Erich Kastner, it's set in a globally warmed world where the polar ice caps are melting and the only safe place for living creatures are in the Okavango Delta in Africa. Billy the meerkat and Socrates the vegetarian lion are waiting for the Delta's annual flood, but this year the water doesn't arrive. The German version generated buzz at Berlin and Cannes. For AFM, Ralph Kamp's Timeless Films will be screening the English-dubbed version, featuring the voice talents of Stephen Fry, Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis and Vanessa Redgrave.
"A View of Love"
Nicole Garcia's drama combines the elements of the period romance with the political thriller. Moving between modern-day
Aix-en-Provence and Algeria during the war of independence, "A View of Love" stars France's Jean Dujardin ("OSS 117") and Canadian actress Marie-Josee Croze ("The Barbarian Invasions"). Dujardin plays Marc, a successful real estate agent who has a surprise reunion with Cathy (Croze), his childhood love, who he believed was killed in the Algerian war years before. Currently in post, the EuropaCorp. title will have its world premiere at AFM.
Sahamongkol Film International's 1920s-set costume drama "Eternity" draws strongly from a well-known novel of the 1943 novella of same name by Malai Choopiniji. Directed by M.L. Pundhevanop Dhewakul who produces with Tempun Muttawapun, the film chronicles the adulterous relationship that ultimately ends in tragedy between a young man, Sangmong, (Thai actor Ananda Everingham) and his uncle's younger wife Yupadee, (Cherman "Ploy" Boonyasak). The film has done decent box office in Thailand, grossing more than $1 million despite a slow start and a simmering controversy over nudity.
Based on the real events leading up to the collapse of the worldwide financial markets in fall 2008, "Margin Call" tells the troubling tale of a fictional Wall Street investment banking house and the 24 desperate hours leading up to the first significant day of the global financial meltdown. While the firm is making billions selling dangerously high-risk investment packages, increasingly frequent warning signs of instability are ignored. Directed by newcomer J.C. Chandor, this timely drama features an all-star ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci and Demi Moore. Myriad, which acquired the film in Cannes just before it went into production, is handling international sales at AFM.