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WITH SEVEN GOLD THIEVESHILIPPE Lacôte, the director MONGOLIA and Italy have signed a
from Ivory Coast, is developing co-production agreement on a new
his new feature film, Seven Gold children’s film, as yet untitled. The deal
was signed in Cannes at the Mongolian
PThieves (Les Sept Voleurs d’Or), National Film Council stand, between
with his producing and Tsengel Davaasambuu
co-writing partner Delphine Jaquet, of Mongolian company Culture
founder of production company Banshee Distributor and Dr. Lia G. Beltrami from
Films. Italy’s Aurora Vision, in the presence of
Seven Gold Thieves follows his film Night of Mongolian director Bolortsetseg
the Kings, which was shortlisted for the Dugardondov.
2021 Academy Award for Best Culture Distributor is a film distribution
International Film. © FESTIVAL ANGOULÊME company based in Mongolia, which
The story is based on a superstition held actively promotes the country’s
by the West African ethnic group, the filmmakers and directors to film
Malinké, who believe that anyone who markets and film festivals around the
steals gold places a curse on their family world.
Philippe Lacôte Aurora Vision describes itself as “a
centre of film production,
for seven generations. The Malinké, or documentaries, TV formats, reportages,
Mandinka, is a West African ethnic group him from New York to West Africa, to the projects in development and production, co-existence laboratories, meetings,
primarily found in southern Mali, the Kingdom of the Monkey Queen, where including Drift, the English-language exchanges, idea workshops and online
Gambia and eastern Guinea and numbers the curse was uttered. This epic story will feature film debut from Anthony Chen communication, to fill with light the
around 11 million. cross several eras, in particular that of the currently in production; My Notes on darkest corners”.
The film follows a man who is trying to beginnings of Islam in black Africa.” Mars, the first English-language feature by Recent work from director
break his family free from this ancient Swiss-born writer-producer Jaquet added: Hungarian writer/director Lili Horvát; Dugardondov includes the action-
curse, weaving together the stories of his “After Night of the Kings, this new multi- and the historical drama Kindertransport, packed 2021 Mongolian family film
ancestors over centuries, the plot moving layered story embraces topics such as the from Deutschland 83 director Edward Big Games - In Search of Three
between western Africa and the US. African diaspora and immersion in a Sufi Berger. Treasures, where two friends set out
Seven Gold Thieves is currently in community in Harlem. Our goal is to Paradise City also represents a mix of in search of three gems that will help
development for shooting in 2024 and is explore very local and specific imaginaries established filmmakers and upcoming them to unravel a mystery. They
being presented to potential partners here and give them a universal dimension.” talent via their management arm. The experience some extraordinary
in Cannes. Banshee Films and Wassakara Based in London and Paris, Paradise City management team has the stated aim “to adventures along the way, some
Productions are producing, in association is described as “a talent-driven media reinvent the traditional talent putting them in mortal danger — but
with the newly launched Paradise City, company” built on the experience of representation structure in Europe by their close friendship gives them the
founded by Emilie Georges and Naima French filmmakers Georges and Abed’s establishing its directors as brands strength to continue in their quest.✦
Abed, who produced Luca Guadagnino’s respective experience within Memento themselves”.
hit Call Me by Your Name. International and La Cinefacture, and Georges described Lacôte and Jaquet as an J. N.
“The film will follow Alboury, a young their combined track record in acquiring, amazing creative duo: “They’re truly
Sufi with a bewitching voice, seeking to selling and producing award-winning masters in the art of storytelling, with a
free himself from the curse of the gold films. wonderfully generous and unique
thieves,” Lacôte said. “His quest will take The company has a slate of film and TV sensibility.” ✦
Julian Newby

TREVOR Jackson has signed
on to co-star with James THE film tells the story of two different WOODS risks everything he believes in addition to Mace and we can’t wait to
Franco in the action thriller cops. A veteran officer, Mace, to be to stop Mace from destroying the city see what he will bring to the role of
Mace. Jon Amiel is set to played by James Franco, who is amoral, when Mace unleashes a gang war to Virgil.”
corrupt and unhinged; and Virgil cover up his crimes. JON Amiel is represented by

direct from a script by David Woods, played by Trevor Jackson, a EVERYONE around Mace is in danger as Echo Lake Entertainment, The Gersh

Chisholm. young rookie who believes that he can he tries to conceal his tracks, no matter Agency and Gochman Law Group.

MYRIAD Pictures is handling worldwide change the system that fosters cops like the cost. James Franco is represented by UTA,

sales for the feature at the Marché du Mace from within. THE film is in pre-production with Agence Adequat, Anonymous Content

Film. MACE is inspired by the recent racial principal photography set to begin in and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Trevor

MEYERS Media Group’s Lawrence injustice witnessed on the streets of the third quarter of the year in New Jackson is represented by CAA,

Steven Meyers, Randy Dannenberg and America as Woods refuses to be bullied Jersey. Management 360 and Myman

John Evangelides will produce. Brendan and pits his principles against the MEYERS Media Group’s Meyers said: Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser

McDonald and Kirk D’Amico will serve deranged Mace, the cop who has lost “We are thrilled to have Trevor join us in Younger & Light. ✦

as executive producers. any semblance of human dignity. this pivotal role. He is the perfect Liza Foreman

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