Films Boutique will take care of intercontinental income on Filipino grasp Lav Díaz’s “Essential Truths of The Lake,” 1 of the greatest-profile titles in the just declared most important International Competition at this year’s Locarno Festival. 

The Berlin and Lyon-based generation-product sales company’s fifth collaboration with Diaz pursuing, between others, Venice Golden Bear Winner “The Woman Who Left” and Berlin Silver Bear Winner “Lullaby To A Sorrowful Mystery,” “Essential Truths of The Lake” marks a prequel to Diaz’s ‘When The Waves Are Gone’ that premiered out of levels of competition at Venice very last 12 months.

It reprises the character of the ethically conflicted police lieutenant Hermes Papauran, 1 of the best investigators of the Philippines. When questioned what drives a person to lookup for the reality, Papauran states dejectedly that probably he just needs to continue to keep inflicting soreness on himself. 

Confronted with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody murders and brazen lies, he proceeds his wrestle to come across resolution to a 15-year-aged scenario all over a volcanic ash laden landscape and an impenetrable lake. It has turn into a cross he can scarcely carry but retains lugging in any case.

Published as very well as directed by Diaz and world premiere at Locarno, “Essential Truths of The Lake” stars John Loyd, Hazel Orencio, Shaina Magdayao, Bart Guingona, and Agot Isidro. 

A Philippines, France, Portugal, Singapore, Italy, Switzerland, and U.K. creation, “Essential Truths of The Lake” is developed by Epic Media, Films Boutique and Rosa Filmes in co-output with Arte, Bord Cadre Films and Sovereign Movies. Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew, Jean-Christophe Simon and Joaquim Sapinho serve as delegate producers.

“We are extremely content to keep on our collaboration with Lav Diaz, Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew and Joaquim Sapinho on this new epic movie by Lav,” explained Simon, Films Boutique CEO. 

“Lav is 1 of the best filmmakers of our time, generally pushing the restrictions of the cinematic experience with a strong political information. We are quite energized and hunting forward to sharing the film with the Locarno Viewers for what will be a particular working experience for confident,” he added.

The film was shot with a mix of digital and 16mm, with Diaz taking pictures component of it in the fire belt in villages protected with ashes proper after 1 of the last eruption. 

Movies Boutique is also advertising “La Morsure” (“Bitten”), the function debut of Romain de Saint-Blanquat, which entire world premieres in Locarno’s Cineasti di Presente. 

Starring Léonie Dahan-Lamort, Lilith Grasmug, Cyril Metzger, Maxim Rohart and Fred Blin, it is generated by Marc-Benoit Créancier at France’s Simple Tiger Films, behind “Divines” (Houda Benyamina, “Les Magnetiques” (Vincent Cardonna), and “Divertimento” (Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar). 

Established in 1967 at Mardi Gras, it turns on Françoise, a 17 12 months-previous boarder at a sm all girls  catholic substantial college. Convinced that she has only a single evening remaining before her death, she sneaks out with her buddy Delphine to attend a costume social gathering and dwell this night  as if it was her previous. 

“We fell in like with ‘La Morsure’ and the perform of Romain. ‘La Morsure’ is a really like letter to exploitation/style cinema by masters Jess Franco and Dario Argento though connecting the dots with the French Nouvelle Imprecise that took put during the very same years,” explained Simon.

He extra: “The movie provides a strong glimpse of the spirit of ’68 – suitable right before the sexual and political revolution –  through the eyes of two young girls who want to live their everyday living these days and just cannot wait around for tomorrow. It is an thrilling debut that must seduce festivals programmers and be sure to distributors on the lookout for new voices and elevated genre cinema.”

On-the-increase French distribution corporation KMBO, whose releases sold in excess of two million admissions in 2022, will manage theatrical distribution in France.

Courtesy of Films Boutique