BERLIN– Le Pacte-repped ‘The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael’s surreal comedy, has converted a raft of international distributors at the EFM.
After showing a promo reel of the film, Le Pacte has pre-sold it to Germany and Austria (NFP), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Aerofilms), Hungary (Mozinet), Romania (Independenta), Norway (Njuta), Sweden (Another World), Brazil (Imovision), MCF (Ex-Yougoslavia), Turkey (Kurmaca), Poland (Gutek), Switzerland (Frenetic), Belgium (Belga), Grece (Strada) and Hong Kong (Edko).
Polevoorde plays opposite Catherine Deneuve (“Three Hearts”) and Yollande Moreau (“Seraphine”).
Raising questions about fate, freedom and love in modern times, the film stars Benoit Polevoorde (“Man Bites Dog,” “Three Hearts” ) as God, a Brussels-based man whose computer gets hacked by his daughter, leaking to the entire world their date of death.
The original script was co-written by Van Dormael and Thomas Gunzig.
Camille Neel, head of international sales at Le Pacte, said the film had sparked interest from Russian, Spanish, U.K. and U.S. buyers.
“The Brand New Testament” will be completed in May, in time of Cannes, where the director has presented two movies before: “The Eighth Day” in 1996 and “Toto le hero” in 1991.
Le Pacte will release the pic in France.
One of Belgium’s best-known filmmakers, Van Dormael’s latest film, the arthouse sci-fi “Mr. Nobody” with Jared Leto, played at festivals worldwide and won prizes at the European Film Awards and Venice, among others.