Films Boutique Line-up : MIA MARKET ROME 2019


A Film by Anne Emond

Produced by Metafilms inc.

2019 - Canada - Comedy/Drama - 1.78 - 93 min

with Alexane Jamieson, Léanne Désilets, Antoine Desrochers

Meet Juliette, a high school sophomore. Juliette is a heavy girl; she’s also bold, funny, slightly scheming and totally endearing. It’s the hectic last few weeks before summer vacation, and Juliette is about to learn some big lessons about boys, love, and friendship. She’ll even do some growing up—but not too much.


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A Film by Katrin Gebbe (TORE TANZT)

Produced by Junafilm

2019 - Germany/Bulgaria - Drama - 2.39 - 120 min

with Nina Hoss (PHOENIX, HOMELAND), Murathan Muslu

Wiebke (45) lives together with her adoptive daughter Nicolina (9) on an idyllic horse farm. After many years of waiting, she now has the chance to adopt another girl, Raya (5), to provide Nicolina with the longed-for sister. The first weeks are harmonious, and the siblings get along great. But shortly thereafter, Wiebke realizes that Raya, initially shy and charming, is becoming increasingly aggressive and poses a danger to herself and others. The mother will soon have to cross borders and take extreme decisions to protect her cubs.


"An endlessly intriguing drama […] Nina Hoss anchors this tense drama" - Screen International

"A provocatively and defying drama with a grandiose Nina Hoss" - (Germany)

"Raises a lot of fascinating questions" - The Hollywood Reporter


A Film by Halina Reijn

Produced by Topkapi Film, Man Up

2019 - Netherlands - Drama/Thriller - 2.39 - 98 min

with Carice van Houten (GAME OF THRONES, BLACK BOOK), Marwan Kenzari (ALADDIN)

Nicoline, an experienced psychologist, starts a new job at a penal institution. She meets Idris, a sex offender who committed a series of grave crimes. After five years of treatment, he is about to go on his first unaccompanied probation. His team of practitioners is enthusiastic about his development but newcomer Nicoline does not trust him and tries to push his probation. Idris tries his hardest to convince Nicoline of his good intentions, while slowly, he transforms into the manipulative man she saw in him from the beginning. A power play emerges between the two and Nicoline, in spite of her knowledge and experience, lets herself be trapped completely.

ENTRY 2020

"Impressive, icily disciplined debut feature […] Van Houten and Kenzari are astonishing, both individually and as a crashing, combustible unit." - Variety

"An ambitious and auspicious debut" - The Hollywood Reporter

"Instinct remains an aesthetically enthralling film" - Cineuropa


A Film by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

Produced by Brillante Ma Mendoza

2019 - Philippines/France - Drama - 1.78 - 126 min

with Max Eigenmann, Kristoffer King

Joy and her six-year-old daughter Angel live in Manila, with her husband, Dante, a small-time criminal. As so often in the past, Dante comes home drunk at night and beats Joy brutally. This time, he also hurts Angel. Joy grabs her daughter and flees to the local police post to finally get him sent to jail. Joy learns that justice takes time at best, and is impossible to get at worst. Not without reason, she feels that she and her daughter are increasingly under threat…

ENTRY 2020

"An engrossing and sophisticated procedural with universal audience appeal" - Variety

"Heart-wrenching" - Screen International

"Aggressive, politically fueled portrait with carefully portioned subtlety." - The Playlist

"A terse narrative made up of strong images." - Cinematographe


A Film by Albert Serra (THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV)

Produced by Idéale Audience, Rosa Filmes, Andergraun Films

2019 - France/Spain/Portugal - Drama - 1.85 - 132 min

with Helmut Berger, Marc Susini, Baptiste Pinteaux

1774, shortly before the French Revolution, somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin. Madame de Dumeval, the Duc de Tesis and the Duc de Wand, libertines expelled from the puritanical court of Louis XVI, seek the support of the legendary Duc de Walchen, German seducer and freethinker, lonely in a country where hypocrisy and false virtue reign. Their mission is to export libertinage, a philosophy of enlightenment founded on the rejection of moral boundaries and authorities, but moreover to find a safe place to pursue their errant games, where the quest for pleasure no longer obeys laws other than those dictated by unfulfilled desires.


"Not to miss out […] tableaux vivants worthy of Sade" - Le Monde (France)

"Brave and extraordinarily well made." - Filmuforia


A Film by Maryam Touzani

Produced by Ali N’ Productions, Les Films Du Nouveau Monde, Artemis Productions

2019 - Morocco/France - Drama - 1.85 - 98 min

with Loubna Azabal (INCENDIES, SOFIA), Nessrine Erradi, Daoua Belkhaouda

Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her 8 year old daughter Warda. Their routine of housework and homework is interrupted one day by a knock on the door. It is Samia, a young woman looking for a job and a roof over her head. The little girl is immediately taken with the newcomer but her mother initially refuses to allow a pregnant stranger into their lives.

ENTRY 2020

"Beautifully made, character-driven little gem that knows when and how to touch all the right buttons." - Variety

"The beautiful story of two women who transform each other's lives" - The Hollywood Reporter

"A calm arrival at fundamental truths about how women nurture and provide" - Screen International


A Film by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène

Produced by In Vivo Films, Thala Films

2019 - Algeria/France/Qatar - Drama - 2.39 - 135 min

with Slimane Benouari, Lyes Salem, Azouz Abdelkader

Algeria, 1994. With Civil War raging for years in the north of the country, each day continues to bring its share of death and horror. Police officers S. and Lotfi, two childhood friends, travel through the desert looking for Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist on the run. In the immensity of the Sahara, their quest seems absurd, but Lofti has only one priority: to keep S. as far from the capital as possible, knowing his friend is too fragile to face more bloodshed. But the deeper they get into the desert, the more they are confronted with their own trauma and violence.

"An arresting debut […] anchored by strong performances" - Screen International

"A fascinating new voice from the Maghreb […] makes an impressive mastery of cinematic language" - The Hollywood Reporter


A Film by Johnny Ma

Produced by Image X Productions, House On Fire

2019 - China/France - Drama - 1.78 - 100 min

with Zhao Xiaoli, Gan Guidan, Yan Xihu

Zhao Li is the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe, living and performing together in a rundown theatre located in the outskirts of Chengdu, China. When she receives the notice of demolition for the theatre, Zhao Li hides the news from everyone else, fearing that this could spell the end of her opera troupe: besides demolition, it’s the life of her "family" that is at stake. As she struggles to search for a new theatre for them to both sing and live in, the opera and its fantastic characters slowly begin to seep into her real world...

"An ode to a vanishing way of life." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Subtle, natural, and wholly heartbreaking […] with exceptional grace." - Variety

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