Presenting six films at the Cannes Film Festival, MK2 Films will hit the market with a pair of exciting new titles, “Anatomy of a Fall” by French director Justine Triet, and “Highway 65” by Israeli director Maya Dreyfus.
“Anatomy of a Fall” stars Sandra Holler, the critically acclaimed German actress of “Tony Erdmann,” a mysterious German novelist who is arrested after her husband’s mysterious death in their chalet in the French Alps. The court case examines every aspect of the relationship she had with her husband, while her visually impaired son is called to testify as a witness.
The film would remake the MK2 Films team with Triet, whose latest film “Sybil” competed at Cannes. Fionwala Jamieson, Managing Director of MK2 Films, described the film as “a Hitchcockian story of suspense.” “We were addicted to the script, the intricacies of Sandra’s character, and his original premise that would keep the audience second-guessing and questioning themselves the entire time,” Jamison added. “Anatomy of a Fall” is produced by Les Films Pelléas and Les Films de Pierre.
Meanwhile, “Highway 65” is about Dafna, a badass childless police officer in her late 30s who is tasked with searching for a missing beauty queen in the sweltering heat of a remote area. When no one seems interested in solving the case, Daphna becomes obsessed with her, causing her to push professional boundaries and suffer an identity crisis. Jamieson noted that the film will also contain some dark humor in the context of “Three Billboards” and “Memories of Murder.” Dreifuss was in Cannes with her graduating short “Bikur Holim” in 2005. “Highway 65” was produced by 2-Team Productions and TS Productions.
As always, MK2 Films is also dealing with several first-time films in various sections of the festival: Leonor Serraille (“Jeune Femme”) that drives the family saga “Mother and Son” in competition; As well as Serge Bozon’s musical-romantic comedy “Don Juan” with Taher Rahim at the Cannes premiere. Marie Kreuzer’s “Corsage” with Vicky Krieps and Davy Chou’s “All the People I’ll Never Be” is set for Un Certain Regard; The sensational debut of Emmanuel Nicot “Love According to Dalva” and Clément Cogitore (“The Wakhan Front”) “Sons of Ramses” starring Karim Leclau.
The company, led by Nathaniel and Elisha Kremitz, has thrived during the pandemic with some of the biggest international hits, for example Oscar-nominated Joachim Trier “The Worst Person in the World” who has scored the highest opening score for any foreign language since “Parasite.”
Jamieson noted that the film, co-produced by MK2 Films, has grossed $14.5 million worldwide with a few other territories opening.
MK2 Films’ latest recent title, Celine Siyama’s “Petite Maman,” had the best mid-screen limited-edition opening so far this year. Sciamma’s previous movie, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” has grossed more than $10 million worldwide despite its release being halted due to the pandemic.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have kept our focus on new talent and director-led films and are seeing them pay off – the films we’ve been on are not only getting good reviews and awards, but are also doing well in theaters around the world,” Karmitz said, citing Film Berlin. laureate of the Golden Bear “Alcarras” by Carla Simon; “The Good Boss” directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa won Best Film and Actor for Javier Bardem at the Goya Awards.
The banner behind three of the six highest-grossing foreign language releases since 2019 in the US, “Cold War” (also co-produced by MK2), “Portrait of a Woman on Fire” and “The Worst Person in the World”.
MK2 Films also continues to handle English-language films, and has just secured the international sales rights of the second window for National Geographic’s hit “Fire of Love” documentary “Fire of Love” from National Geographic that Neon will release locally.
“We are optimistic about the appeal of Arthouse films in cinemas because theaters can highlight films and complement broadcast programming,” Jamison said. She said that the company is interested in establishing new cooperative relations with different partners.
MK2 Films’ Cannes market listing also includes Olivier Babnett’s “Ordinary” and Sadad Kaadan’s “Exodus” set against the backdrop of the Syrian conflict.