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Activities - 11/09/2017


Sara Forestier's M wins Europa Cinemas Venice Label


September 8, 2017: Sara Forestier's debut feature M, a French production, has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Giornate degli Autori section of the Venice Film Festival. It was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas Network exhibitors.

In receiving the Label, M will benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.

The jury issued the following statement: “We've chosen to give the award to M for its poetic and sincere portrayal of differences, beautifully directed and with fine performances from the entire cast. M is a charming representation of the relationship between two people scarred by life. It's a film with the potential to reach out and touch young audiences."

Sold internationally by mk2 , Sara Forestier has written, directed and stars in her debut film with Hugo Sélignac producing. The cast includes Sara Forestier [Lila], Redouanne Harjane [Mo], Jean-Pierre Léaud [Lila's father] and Liv Andren [Soraya].

Synopsis: Lila and Mo meet at a bus stop. Lila has a paralysing speech impediment. Mo is chatty and exuberant. Lila is preparing for her exams. Mo illegally races cars for a living. Opposites attract, and they fall in love. But Mo carries a secret burden.

Sara Forestier: After her first role at age 13, in Martine Dugowson’s film, Les Fantômes de Louba, Sara Forestier was critically acclaimed in 2004 for her performance as Lydia in Games of Love and Chance by Abdellatif Kechiche, which earned her the César award for Most Promising Actress. She would soon act for Claude Lelouch, Bertrand Blier, Bruno Chiche, Santiago Amigorena, Alain Resnais, Jacques Doillon, the Larrieu Brothers, Katell Quillévére and Emmanuelle Bercot among others. She was awarded the 2011 César for Best Actress for her colorful role in Michel Leclerc’s The Names of Love. In 2017, she is making her feature directorial debut with M.

The winning film was decided by a jury of four network exhibitors:

Luisa Ceretto - Cinema Lumière, Bologna (Italy)

Alicia Del Puppo - Caméo, Namur (Belgium)

Rachel Hayward - Home, Manchester (United Kingdom)

Paul Hegeman - Cinebergen, Bergen (The Netherlands)