EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch is reteaming with Cristian Mungiu for the 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days helmer’s first feature effort since his 2007 Palme d’Or winning drama. Along with repping sales on the new film, Wild Bunch is producing with France’s Why Not and Mungiu. Set in an Orthodox convent in Romania, the story centers on a young woman’s descent into madness, her subsequent exorcism and the police investigation it sparks. Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval tells me the genre film has elements of 4 Months, but with a much more intense twist. Wild Bunch will commence pre-sales in Berlin and is eyeing a Cannes delivery date. Also on Wild Bunch’s Berlin sales slate are a series of titles likely to see play in the official selections at Cannes including West Beyrouth director Ziad Doueiri’s The Attack, a film that was previously in development at Focus. Based on the best-selling book by Yasmina Khadra, the film is about a Palestinian doctor who discovers uncomfortable truths about his wife following a suicide bombing attack. Wild Bunch has also boarded Broken, stage director Rufus Norris’ feature debut starring Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear and Bill Milner. Adapted from Daniel Clay’s novel, story follows the turmoil a young girl faces after witnessing a violent attack. Maraval says the film could be a contender for Cannes’ Camera d’Or prize for best first feature.
Further, Wild Bunch is reteaming with Argentine director Pablo Trapero for White Elephant. Starring Ricardo Darin (of 2010’s foreign language Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes), Jérémie Rénier and Martina Gusman, the film is described as City Of God meets Of Gods And Men and centers on two priests who find their friendship and faith tested in the most dangerous favela in Buenos Aires. Wild Bunch is also repping Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper, a $20 million epic tale of war and betrayal at the end of the Qin Dynasty, and Japanese cult director Koji Wakamatsu’s Mishima. Not to be confused with Paul Schrader’s 1985 Mishima, A Life In Four Chapters, Wakamatsu’s film looks at the end of the life of the world-renowned writer who committed a ritual suicide after a failed coup d’état in 1970. Finally, in Berlin Wild Bunch will screen the first promo for Maniac, the remake of William Lustig’s 1980 serial killer pic with Elijah Wood and from The Artist producer Thomas Langmann. First promos will also be screened for Sergio Castellitto’s Twice Born starring Penélope Cruz and Emile Hirsch, Ken Loach’s latest The Angels’ Share and Declaration Of War director Valérie Donzelli’s Hand In Hand. Meanwhile, sales will continue on James Gray’s untitled 2012 project with Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix and the James Gray-penned Blood Ties from director Guillaume Canet.
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