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International Sales Agent: Memento, We Are What We Are

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by Sydney Levine
May 3, 2012 10:27 AM
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Memento Films International

One of my favorite international sales agent is Memento. I wrote of them last year (See blog). Now they are representing the film of one of my favorite people in the biz, the hyphenate director-producer-writer who also was put into the role of casting director by Steve Soderbergh while casting Che.

Rodrigo (Rigo to his friends) Bellot began his career's path from his native Bolivia to U.S. with Sexual Dependency, produced by Ara Katz (Howard Zinn doc The People Speak and George Romero's Survival of the Dead).

Screen Daily recently announced Memento and Rigo's upcoming picture, We Are What We Are, a picture that actors Kelly McGillis and Ambyr Childers will be sinking their teeth into as two sisters forced into cannibalism by their father. Read the article for more.

Memento Films International (MFI) describes We Are What We Are as a "re-imagination" of Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s Somo Lo Que Hay (U.S. IFC) about a family of cannibals in Mexico City.

The director, Jim Mickle, best known for his cult vampire picture Stake Land which won Toronto’s Midnight Madness sidebar in 2010, has transposed the story to a poor part of the Catskills region in New York State.

Principal photography will begin in the Catskills on May 29. The picture will wrap the first week of July with delivery slated for January of 2013, just in time for Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin.

MFI has already presold the project at Berlin’s EFM to E1/ Artificial Eye for the U.K. , Canada, France, Scandinavia and South Africa. Cinema Mondo prebought the film for Finland; Koch Media and Alamode have German rights, Cinefil has Hungary, Canana has Mexico, Calinos has Turkey.

A real winner as is Memento itself and Rigo too!

Memento is a select arthouse company for high-profile, director-driven independent films. They choose only 8 projects a year and offer tailor–made synergies and business expertise through four companies; from production (Memento Films Production & La Cinefacture), International Sales (Memento Films International) to French distribution (Memento Films Distribution), according to the specific needs of each project. They have recently worked with renowned and award-winning filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Laurent Cantet, Emanuele Crialese, Hiner Saleem, Jia Zhang-ke, Ramin Bahrani, Gilles Marchand, Julie Bertuccelli, Aditya Assarat, Pawel Pawlikowski and Olivier Assayas.

Memento's young and dynamic team is devoted to promoting the projects with a maximum of commitment, rather than merely selling. Whether it is high-end arthouse fare with a medium-sized budget or cutting-edge low-budget projects from emerging talents, they value originality, whether narrative or the cinematographic vision of the director.

You can see Memento's Cannes lineup on Cinando.  Look for them in Cannes at 25 la Croisette - Bagatelle. Or call them at 33 4 93 38 68 19.

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