Thursday, April 22, 2010

Countdown to Cannes 19 Days: Films Distribution's Love Like Poison, Illegal

Love Like Poison is the debut feature of young French female director Katell Quillevere (one of five featured among the 22 features in Directors Fortnight) with her first feature, also called Poison Violent. French singer Lio co-stars with young Gallic talent in the story about a 14-year-old girl getting ready for her confirmation ceremony.

Illegal, Olivier Masset-Depasse's Belgian-French-Luxembourgian co-production will be showing in Directors' Fortnight.

It is being sold by Films Distribution.  In 1997 Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Fran├žois Yon began the company and visited every player in Los Angeles as they explored the terrain.  I was honored that they visited me at FilmFinders in West Hollywood and felt Francois and I would become the best of friends.  Since then, the company has made a name for itself in the marketplace as a highly-specialized outfit.  They seem to have grown quickly into quite a large outfit launching 15 to 20 new titles a year which are often the most prestigious festival selections. Some known quality films are La Pivallina, Merry Christmas, Live&Become, Crazy, Lady Chatterley, Lemon Tree, Coco Chanel, Cell 211.  They are dedicated to singular, award winning and innovative feature films from all over the world, proud to discover and introduce exciting new filmmakers around the world.  Films Distribution now handles a library of approximately 800 features, 300 of which are available worldwide.  In addition to its Paris office, in 2008 Films Distribution set up Films Boutique, a Berlin based subsidiary, somewhat similarly to Celluloid Dreams' Directors Cut, handling the artier of their festival films.

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