Congratulations to Marie-Pierre Macia and Juliette Lepoutre. Their start-up international sales company MPM Film is in Toronto with a beautiful, quietly moving and totally aesthetic film in Toronto's Discovery section (and in Venice Days and in San Sebastian's Horizontes section). A U.S. sale on Stories That Only Exist When Remembered (Historias…que so existem quando lembradas) by one of my favorite people in the industry, Pierre Menahem, has already been made to Film Movement for U.S. putting it into the rarefied company of 22 U.S. acquisitions thus far at TIFF. (See my blog for details on this subject.)
Julia Murat's first feature film is a quiet, wistful and deeply emotional fable about time, memory, and the need of transmission through generations. Heartwarming and beautifully crafted, Historias has already won over the jury of "Cinema in Construction" in Toulouse this year where the film received a Special Mention and the Cine-Cinema Award for films in post-production.
Readers should know Marie-Pierre from her days as director of Directors Fortnight. Peter Scarlet the Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival who appointed this internationally acclaimed film programmer and producer to oversee Sanad, the festival’s development and post-production fund for filmmakers from the Arab world, (See article.) knew her from almost a decade together at the San Francisco International Film Festival. She is also the Head of Crossroads, the coproduction forum of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
Macia has long championed Middle Eastern cinema and was the first to bring the work of Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman to European screens. She recently moved into producing, with credits including Adrian Sitaru’s Hooked (Romania, 2007, an award-winner at several film festivals) and the latest work, The Turin Horse, of Hungarian master Béla Tarr, which premiered and took the Grand Prix in Competition at the Berlinale 2011 and was sold by Film Boutique to Italy-Movies Inspired, Japan-Bitters End, Inc., Netherlands-Eye - Film Institute Netherlands, Poland-Era New Horizons International Film Festival, Portugal-Midas Filmes, U.K.-Curzon Artificial Eye among others.