Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, MK2 has figured prominently in the international film business since its creation in 1974 by Marin Karmitz forty years ago. Founded by Marin Karmitz and now managed by his son Nathaniel, MK2 was involved in virtually all aspects of the industry from production, distribution, international sales, restoration, and even owns and manages several arthouse movie theaters that focus on opening spaces for new voices and fresh talent from an independent background. However, today, I was sadly told by a fellow French man, MK2 no longer produces or distributes except for a few films it picks up for international licensing in order to stay in the game. Its revenues from its theaters keep it going.
MK2 does an impressive catalogue of films for distribution in territories across the globe. Among the titles in its collection are films from some of the greatest names in cinema: Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc
Godard, Alain Resnais, Jacques Doillon, Olivier Assayas, Abdellatif
Kechiche, Charlie Chaplin, David Lynch,
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Abbas Kiarostami, Gus Van Sant, Michael Haneke,
and Walter Salles.
Always present at all major festivals, and often associated with the winning films, ML2 brings to the EFM a new slate of projects in many stages, from completed films to those that are still in production. Their restorations of classic films open new audiences to experience cinema of the highest quality.
Directed by: Lisa Langseth
Erika is a beautiful young woman with a perfect life. Until the day it all falls apart. She starts going to group therapy and meets other people suffering
from various forms of trauma. One day this eclectic group decides to take matters into its own hands and heads off together in search of a way out. They
start checking into hotels – a place of complete anonymity where you can wake up as a different person.
medication and help him escape, resulting in a humorous and heartfelt road trip that strengthens their bond.
Directed by: Xavier Dolan
Tom, a young advertising copywriter, travels to the country for a funeral. There, he’s shocked to find out no one knows who he is, nor who he was to the
deceased, whose brother soon sets the rules of a twisted game. In order to protect the family’s name and grieving mother, Tom now has to play the
peacekeeper in a household whose obscure past bodes even greater darkness for his «trip» to the farm. Long ways, long lies…
Directed by: Olivier Assayas
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (
Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl
who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (
Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in
essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.
Directed by: Naomi Kawase