Press 17 AUG 2015

"Keeper" Awarded in Locarno

Keeper by Guillaume Senez won the Label Europa Cinemas

Keeper, the first feature film by Guillaume Senez, had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in the Cineasti del presente section.

The film tells the story of Maxime (Kacey Mottet-Klein) and Mélanie (Galatea Bellugi), both 15 years old and barely out of childhood. One day, Mélanie finds out she's pregnant. Maxime wants to keep the baby at all costs.

The film was competing with 16 other European films (in the Concorso Internazionale and the Cineasti del Presente selection) most notably Cosmos by Andrzej Zulawski, Schneider vs Bax by Alex van Warmerdam, No home movie by Chantal Akerman as well as Chant d’hiver from Otar Iosseliani.

Created in 2003, the Europa Cinemas Label aims to enhance the promotion, circulation and box-office runs of European award-winning films on the screens of the Networks’ cinemas across Europe. The Label is awarded by a jury comprised of Europa Cinemas member exhibitors to one European film programmed in five major festivals: Panorama (Berlinale), Directors’ Fortnight (Cannes Film Festival), East of the West and Official Competition (Karlovy Vary Int. Film Festival), Concorso internazionale and Cineasti del presente (Festival del film Locarno) and Giornate Degli Autori (Venice Film Festival).

The Label is awarded at a crucial moment in a film’s career: its presentation at a major festival, a strategic stage in its release on the international market.

Keeper was produced in Belgium by Iota Production with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles and the RTBF. Domestic release in Belgium by Cinéart is scheduled for early 2016. Be For Films will handle international sales.