MPM Film was founded in July 2007. During the last seven years we have produced more than ten feature films including: In 2008, Picnic by Adrian Sitaru (Venice Days in 2008; Toronto International Film Festival). In 2011, The Turin Horse by Béla Tarr, in Competition at Berlin Film Festival won the Silver Bear and FIPRESCI award of the international critic. Next, Historias by Julia Murat, (Venice Days, Venice Biennale 2011, Toronto (Discovery), San Sebastian (Horizontes Latinos – Special mention); Dzma Notre enfance à Tbilisi, a first film of Georgian Teona Mghvdeladze, (in co-production with ARTE France Cinéma and supported by the Foundation Groupama GAN, Writing assistance fund of Amiens Festival and Eurimages) which came out in theaters in December 2014 and also TARR Béla, I used to be a filmmaker, by Jean-Marc Lamoure (in co-production with Cine+, in competition Premier Film at the FID Lab 2013).
MPM Film also produced Xenia by Panos Koutras (in co-production with ARTE France Cinéma and supported by Cinémas du Monde) presented in Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival in 2014, also Box by Florin Serban (co-produced with ZDF-Arte and supported by Cinémas du Monde and Eurimages)
Currently, we are preparing next films of Paz Encina, Ejercicios de memoria and of Lucrecia Martel, Zama.
MPM Film international sales line up includes Teona Mghvdeladze and Thierry Grenade, DZMA – Brother (Rotterdam Film Festival 2014), Jasmila Zbanic, For Those Who Can Tell no Tales (Toronto 2013, San Sebastian 2013), Pepe Valle, Workers (Berlinale 2013 – Panorama), Maria Florencia Alvarez, Habi – La Extranjera (Berlinale 2013 – Panorama), Mahdi Fleifel, A World not ours (Berlinale 2013 – Panorama), Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours (Locarno, Toronto), Ali Aydin’s Mold (Venice – Lion of the Future), Paul Negoescu’s A month in Thailand (Venice Critics Weeks) and William Vega’s La Sirga (Cannes Directors Fortnight, Best director Vladivostok).
With a strong experience, both artistic and financial, and an important network in the industry and in festivals, our wish is to support the independent production of confirmed film directors and to continue to discover the film directors of tomorrow.
Marie-Pierre Macia (Founder & Producer) started her career at the Cinémathèque Francaise, after earning a degree in Classics and French Literature. Later she researched film preservation at the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, U.C.L.A. and the Pacific Film Archive in the US and curated international films for the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Macia is the former Director of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight) of the Cannes Film Festival, where she discovered and presented the debut films of such now-famous filmmakers as Mexican director Carlos Reygadas with Japon, Sofia Coppola with Virgin Suicides and the Romanian Directors Cristi Puiu and Cristian Mungiu with respectively Marfa Si Banii and Occident. Most recently, she worked as personal adviser to Cristian Mungiu on his last film, 4 months 3 weeks 2 days, which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes 2007.
Macia has served as jury in many international festivals such as Rotterdam film festival, Jerusalem, Cluj in Romania, in Mar del Plata and in Los Angeles.
Marie-Pierre Macia is also the Head of Crossroads, the co-production forum of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
Claire Gadéa (Producer) started her career at JBA Production with producer Jacques Bidou. As a production assistant, she worked on about ten feature films including One Evening After the War by Rithy Panh (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 1998), The Mutants by Teresa Villaverde (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 1998), April Captains by Maria de Medeiros (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2000) and Lumumba by Raoul Peck (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2000). In 2007, she joined Steamboat Films as a production manager. She is responsible for the ‘collection design’ for the Franco-German TV channel Arte, in co-production with the Centre Georges Pompidou. Interested in the challenges offered by new media, she created the site VoD Europa Film Treasures (Focal Award 2011 in the category “Best use of archive images on a non-television platform.”) in 2008 at Lobster Films, with the support from the Media program and in partnership with 30 European film archives.
In 2010 Claire Gadéa stepped into the field of executive production. Her first feature film, Run directed by Philippe Lacôte, was selected in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, 2014. She recently joined MPM Film as a producer.
Meriem Varone (Script Consultant, in charge of Development) graduated literature (Sorbonne Nouvelle), theatrical dramaturgy (IET Paris), and script-writing & storytelling techniques (CEFPF). She early developed a feature film project for New Front Films in California. Then she joined the CNC (French Cinema Center) as a reader. She worked in publishing for many major publishers (Maspero, Hachette, Hatier, Nathan, Larousse …), as an editor, then editorial manager. In 2002 Meriem Varone was the head of a publishing company (Dessain et Tolra), and successfully developed its catalogue for 7 years.
Meriem Varone has over 20 years of experience in reading, writing, and editing.
Since 2009, Meriem dedicates herself to the film industry and collaborates with producers such as MPM Film or Rude Stones Production. She brings to MPM Film her expertise in selecting and developing projects, adapting, consulting, writing support, etc.