‘Mosul’ & ‘Extraction’ Star Adam Bessa To Lead ‘Contra’, Shoot Underway In Tunisia For Cinenovo, Anonymous Content, Film Constellation, More — Cannes

Film Constellation’s Cannes Market slate includes Cannes Label selection John and the Hole by Pascual Sisto; first footage screening of Scandinavian horror The Twin, starring Teresa Palmer, currently in post-production; and Martian sci-fi Settlers, directed by Wyatt Rockefeller, starring Sofia Boutella.” />
The movie will feature a combination of local actors and non-professionals. A modern day parable about resistance, the film centers on the story of Ali, a young Tunisian who dreams of a better life, making a precarious living selling contraband gas at the local black market. When his father suddenly dies, he's forced to take charge of his two younger sisters and their impending eviction.
The film (previously known as Before Spring) is being directed by Egyptian-British filmmaker Lotfy Nathan and will star French Tunisian actor Adam Bessa, known for his performances in recent action movies Mosul and Extraction.
EXCLUSIVE: Principal photography has started in Tunisia on contemporary drama Contra, set in the aftermath of the powerful anti-government protests that provoked a wave of change in the region, known as the Arab spring.
Director Lotfy Nathan was selected as an HBO Emerging Artist Award. His debut feature doc 12 O'Clock Boys was developed into a feature drama by Barry Jenkins and Sony Pictures, titled Charm City Kings.
Nathan's narrative debut, shot on 35mm film, is being produced by Julie Viez (Long Day's Journey Into Night) of Cinenovo and a host of leading production partners from across Europe and the U.S., including  co-producers Nicole Romano and Tariq Merhab at Anonymous Content (Stillwater), Maurice Fadida (John Henry) at Summertime, Donato Rotunno's Tarantula (Fire Will Come), Detailfilm's Fabian Gasmia (Annette), Habib Attia's Cinetelefilms (The Man Who Sold His Skin), and Benoit Roland's Wrong Men (Zero Fucks Given), in association with Mac Pac Entertainment and Film Constellation.
The company is co-representing North America with CAA Media Finance. Fabien Westerhoff is executive producer alongside, Alex Hughes, Jan McAdoo, Riccardo Maddalosso and Eugene Kotlyarenko. Film Constellation is handling worldwide sales and discussing the project with buyers this week during the Cannes Marché.

Buyers High On Weed-Growing California Nun Doc ‘Breaking Habits’ — AFM

Writer-director Rob Ryan’s completed film, about a Californian sorority of a different kind, follows Christine Meeusen, a corporate exec-turned-cannabis-farmer who found her calling in medicinal marijuana. She adopted the persona of a nun called Sister Kate and founded Sisters of the Valley, a business that makes and sells medicinal cannabis products. It tells how Meeusen, betrayed by a bigamist husband after 17 years, fled penniless with her three young children and discovered the lucrative business of cannabis farming.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers are high on Film Constellation's weed-growing nun documentary Breaking Habits. Deals have closed for UK (Signature Entertainment), Italy (Wanted Cinema), Australia (Icon), Canada(Mongrel), Airlines (Captive), Thailand (Documentary Club) and Taiwan (Cai Chang). As previously reported, Good Deed Entertainment's genre label Cranked Up will release in the U.S. in spring 2019.
Producers are Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter’s Salon Pictures. Ian Berg and Christopher J Reynolds are exec producers.” />
However, Meeusen’s firm, which broke big on social commerce site Etsy, has faced a number of challenges over the years including run-ins with the county sheriff and black-market thieves playing a role as well as threats from local drug cartels and the California state Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.