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Juliette Lepoutre

Juliette Lepoutre

France

Sales, Production

TFL

Decision Maker 2018
FeatureLab 360 Participant 2017
Decision Maker 2016
Decision Maker 2015
Decision Maker 2014
Decision Maker 2013

biography

Juliette Lepoutre comes to production after fifteen years working with Silicon Valley companies, specializing in developing international markets.
In 2007 she cofounded the production company MPM Film. The lineup as (co)producer includes directors such as Adrian Sitaru, Florin Serban, Béla Tarr, Julia Murat, Teona Mghvdeladze Grenade, Panos Koutras and Hector Galvez amongst others.
In 2015 she founded Still Moving with Pierre Menahem. Their first coproduction, Pendular by Julia Murat won the Fipresci prize at the Berlinale 2017 (Panorama). Currently in post production with The Fever by Maya Da Rin (Brazil), in preparation with Feathers of a father by Omar El Zohairy (Egypt) and Tlamess by Ala Eddine Slim and in financing with Mediterranean Fever by Maha Haj (Palestine). The company's sales lineup also includes Djon Africa by João Miller Guerra, Oscar's submission The Last of Us by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia), Pendular by Julia Murat and the multi-awarded In the Last Days of the City by Tamer El Said (Egypt). Lepoutre is expert in different production labs such as Toronto, Rotterdam, BAL, BrLab and Berlinale Talents, jury member in different festivals and in the committee selection 2015 of the Cinefondation Residence.

company profile

Still Moving is a Paris based international production and distribution company founded by Juliette Lepoutre and Pierre Menahem in 2015, aiming to produce, co-produce and sell daring, challenging arthouse films by emerging or established directors.

Biographies

Juliette Lepoutre comes to film production after a series of key management positions in the high tech business. She has worked for over fifteen years with Silicon Valley companies, where she specialized in developing international markets. Based in San Francisco, California from 1991 till 2006, her territories included Europe, Japan, Pacific Rim, and Latin America.
She is cofounder and partner of the production company MPM Film. Lepoutre was producer on Hooked by Adrian Sitaru (Venice Days and Toronto 2008), Port of Memory by Kamal Aljafari (Cinéma du Réel 2010), Flower Seller by Ihab Jadallah (Clermont Ferrand 2011), Tarr Béla, I used to be a filmmaker by Jean-Marc Lamoure (FID Marseilles 2013), Dzma by Teona Grenade (Rotterdam 2014) and coproducer on Box by Florin Serban (Karlovy Vary 2015), Xenia by Panos Koutras (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2014), NN by Hector Galvez (Rome competition, Rotterdam 2014), The Turin Horse by Bela Tarr (Silver Bear, Berlin 2011) and Historias by Julia Murat (Venice Days 2011).
In 2015 she cofounded new Paris based company Still Moving with Pierre Menahem. Their first coproduction Pendular by Julia Murat premiered in Panorama Berlinale 2017 and won FIPRESCI Prize.
As an expert in international co-productions she has participated in several panels and workshops including Toronto, Rotterdam, Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo and Berlinale Talents. She served as jury member in different festivals and was part of the 2015 selection committee of the Cinefondation of the Cannes Film Festival.

Pierre Menahem started his career in the film industry in 1997 working at Celluloid Dreams as director of sales and acquisitions, supervising the marketing of a catalogue of 200 titles of acclaimed directors (Kitano, Kiarostami, Dardennes, Sokourov, Jia Zhangke, Bellochio, Dumont, Audiard, Ozon...) and attending all principal festival and markets (Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Tokyo, Filmart HK, Locarno, Venice, Toronto, AFM…). He founded Scalpel Films in 2004 and then created a sales division in production company MPM Film. During this period he served as jury member in several festivals (San Francisco, Jerusalem, Palm Springs, Belfort, Annecy, Holland Film Meeting). As an expert in international sales he participated in many workshops such as « Produire au Sud » (Bogota, Bangkok, Recife, Buenos Aires, Nantes), « The Producers Network » (Cannes), « Mediterranean Films Crossing Borders » (San Sebastian, Berlin, Malta), and EAVE. He was also a programmer at the Belfort International Film Festival and a consultant to the Film Office of the Rotterdam Film Festival. He is currently part of the selection committee of Cinemart and the Hubert Bals Fund.






Filmography

Berlinale, Panorama 2017 (Fipresci Award)

Pendular by Julia Murat (Brazil) is the second film by the director of Historias (aka Found Memories ) which premiered in Venice and Toronto 2011 and soon became a festivals hit as well as a hot seller in the arthouse distribution circuit.

Produced by Brazilian producer Tatiana Leite, and winner of the Brazilian Cinema Agency Sectorial Fund, the Ibermedia, Hubert Bals funds and World Cinema Fund Europe, Julia Murat's new film is a very contemporary portrait of a young couple of artists - a dancer and a sculptor - whose relationship is about to slowly collapse. An extremely profound and universal tale about love and un-love, artistic creation and self destruction, shot in Murat's unique poetic style.


In Post Production

The Fever by Maya Da Rin (Brazil) is the debut feature from the director of documentaries Terras and Margem, both of them selected at several festivals.

Manaus, an industrial city surrounded by the Amazon rainforest. Justino, a 45 years old Amerindian, works as a security guard at a cargo port and lives in a small house on the outskirts of town. Since the death of his wife, his only company has been his youngest daughter Vanessa, but she will be leaving soon to study medicine in Brasília. Under the hot sun and the tropical rains, Justino struggles to keep awake at work. As the days go by, he is taken by a high fever. In his dreams, a creature wanders through the forest. On television, the news talks about a wild animal prowling around the neighborhood. Justino believes he is being followed, but he is not sure whether it is by an animal or by a man.
Produced by Maya Da Rin (Tamandua Vermelho - Brazil) in co-production with Leonardo Mecchi (Enquadramentos Producoes - Brazil) and Komplizen - Germany, with the support of Ancine FSA, Cinémas du Monde, Hubert Bals Fund Development, TorinoFilmLab Production fund, World Cinema Fund.


In Pre Production

Feathers of a father by Omar El Zohairy (Egypt) is the debut feature feature film by the director of the Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375, Cinefondation Cannes competition.

When an abusive Egyptian patriarch turns into a chicken, his family slowly and painfully becomes free.

Produced by Juliette Lepoutre and Pierre Menahem (Still Moving - France), Synergy (Egypt) and Kepler Films (Netherlands). Supported by Hubert Bals Fund Script development, Cinefondation, TorinoFilmLab and Cinémas du Monde from French CNC, World Cinema Fund Europe and HBF+NFF.

Tlamess by Alaeddine Slim (Tunisia) is the second feature film by the director of The Last of us, Lion of the future, Venice 2016.

After learning his mother's death, a young soldier deserts the army and runs away to the city. Wounded by a policeman, he eventually dies in a forest near a villa's construction site. A few years later, a young pregnant woman married to a rich businessman living in the villa meets a man with a strange look, a bearded man with hairy breasts. It is the ex soldier but he is different now. He has the mission of protecting the baby from potential threats. Together they will take shelter in a cave by the sea. She will never return to the villa.

Produced by Exit Productions and Still Moving. Supported by the Franco Tunisian mini treaty of French CNC, Cinémas du Monde, Tunisian CNCI and Doha Film Institute.

In Development

Mediteranean Fever by Maha Haj, is the new film by director of Personal Affairs, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2016

Produced by Baher Agbariya, Majdal Films and Still Moving France


INTERNATIONAL SALES

Djon Africa by João Miller Guerra and Filipa Reis (Portugal, Cape Verde, Brazil)
Produced by Terratreme Filmes, co-produced by Desvia

World premiere IFFR 2018, Tigers Competition
Selected at New Directors New Films, San Francisco, BAFICI, Indie Lisboa, amongst others

A chance meeting sets 25-year-old Portuguese Djon África on the track of his roots in Cape Verde. He hopes to finally find his father, an adventurer whom he doesn't know. But things never go as planned in life - and particularly in this playful search for Djon's identity.

Pendular by Julia Murat (Brazil)
Produced by Tatiana Leite, and winner of the Brazilian Cinema Agency Sectorial Fund, the Ibermedia and Hubert Bals funds and World Cinema Fund Europe

World premiere Berlin 2017, Panorama
- FIPRESCI prize
Selected at New Directors New Films, Mooov, Uruguay IFF (Fipresci Award), Seattle , AFI, Cinelatino Toulouse amongst others.
Sold in Brazil, France, USA, Canada, Portugal
French distributor : Vendredi Films, release Fall 2018

Julia Murat's new film is a very contemporary portrait of a young couple of artists - a dancer and a sculptor - whose relationship is about to slowly collapse. An extremely profound and universal tale about love and un-love, artistic creation and self destruction, shot in Murat's unique poetic style.

The Last of Us by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia)
Produced by Exit Productions, Inside Productions, Madbox Studios, SVP

World premiere Venice 2016 (International Critics Week)
- Lion of the Future, Luigi de Laurentis Prize for Best First Feature
- Best technical contribution for its photography and sound design
Selected at Sevilla, Estoril, Moscow, Minneapolis, Seattle, Karlovy Vary amongst many other international film festivals.
Sold to France, UK
French distributor : Potemkine Films, August 22nd 2018

With no dialogue, “The Last of Us” tracks a Sub-Saharan man through the desert to North Africa where he steals a boat. When it breaks down in the middle of the sea, he begins an imaginary surrealistic odyssey where he meets an older man, who might be an altered version of himself, and, in a wild landscape, rediscovers his relationship with primary nature. This tale of an immigrant's voyage towards Europe becomes a philosophical fable on being lost.

In the Last Days of the City by Tamer El Said (Egypt/UK/Germany)
Produced by Tamer El Said and Khalid Abdallah (Zero Production), in co-production with Sunnyland Film, Mengamuk Films and Autonomous.

World premiere Berlin 2016, Forum
Selected at New Directors New Films, BAFICI (Best Director Award), Indie Lisboa, New Horizons (Grand Prix), Melbourne, Rio, Chicago, London, CPH, Torino, Viennale, Nantes (Mongolfiere d'or)...

Sold to France, Germany, Poland, UK, USA
French distributor : Norte Film, release June 18, 2017

Downtown Cairo, 2009. Khalid, a 35 year old filmmaker is struggling to make a film that captures the soul of his city while facing loss in his own life. With the help of his friends, who send him footage from their lives in Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin, he finds the strength to keep going through the difficulty and beauty of living In the Last Days of the City.


The Black Frost (La Helada Negra) by Maximiliano Schonfeld (Argentina) is the 2nd feature by the director of Germania, 2013. Produced by Barbara Francisco (Pasto)

World premiere Berlin 2016, Panorama
Selected at Hong Kong, BAFICI, Toulouse, Barcelona, Tubingen, Wroclaw, Rio, Haifa, etc

In a world disconnected from time, ancestors of European immigrants cultivate their land and traditions, but the plantations of the Lell brothers farm are devastated by a frost. And yet when a mysterious young woman appears, the frost stops. Hope emerges among the villagers, who start to worship her like a saint.