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CANNES 2021 Marché du Film

Reel Suspects bets on The Hive

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- The French international sales agent will reveal the film from Belgian director Christophe Hermans, starring Ludivine Sagnier, at the Pre-Cannes Screenings

Reel Suspects bets on The Hive
The Hive by Christophe Hermans

An attractive novelty has been added to the lineup of French international sales agent Reel Suspects (lead by Matteo Lovadina) with The Hive (La Ruche), the first fiction feature from Belgian filmmaker Christophe Hermans which will have its market premiere at the Pre-Cannes Screenings, the online event organised (from 21 to 25 June 2021 and exclusively for professionals) by the Marché du Film (which will then take place in person during the 74th Cannes Film Festival from 6 to 17 July).

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Noticed thanks to his short films (Poids Plume, Le Crabe, La Balançoire, Fancy-Fair) and his documentaries, the filmmaker has put together a cast mixing French and Belgian actors, including Ludivine Sagnier (recently seen in the series The New Pope [+see also:
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), Sophie Breyer (seen in the series The Break), Mara Taquin (who will also soon appear in Rien à foutre and Paradis sale), Bonnie Duvauchelle (for the first time in an important role), Tom Vermeir and Romain Guillermic.

Adapted by the director as well as Noëmie Nicolas from the eponymous novel from French writer Arthur Loustalot, The Hive centres on Marion, Claire and Louise who, as far as they can remember, have always been living at the pace of their mother Alice’s ups and downs. Now love is all they have left to fight the spiral of self-destruction in which Alice is sinking ever more deeply – an unconditional love that is as violent as it is indescribable.

Produced by Cassandre Warnauts and Jean-Yves Roubin for Belgian company Frakas Productions, The Hive was co-produced by Caroline Bonmarchand and Xenia Sulyma for French company Avenue B Productions, and counts amongst its backers the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the RTBF, Proximus, Wallimage, the Belgian tax-shelter, the Beaumarchais Foundation and the MEDIA programme. The cinematography was handled by Colin Lévêque and the score was composed by Fabian Fiorini.

Standing out on Reel Suspects’ lineup are also Vampir [+see also:
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, from Serbian director Branko Tomović (which will also be screened at the Pre-Cannes Screenings), the American feature We’re All Going to the World’s Fair by Jane Schoenbrun (acclaimed in Sundance and just acquired by HBO Max and Utopia for the United States), the science-fiction thrillers King Car from Brazilian filmmaker Renata Pinheiro (presented in Rotterdam in the Big Screen competition) and Come True from Canadian director Anthony Scott Burns, the horror film Al morir la matinée from Uruguayan Maximiliano Contenti and The Three from Armeno-Russian director Anna Melikyan (screened in Tallinn).

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(Translated from French)

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