EXCLUSIVE: Emilie Georges’ Memento Films International and its production arm La Cinéfacture, are formally launching specialty label, Paradise City. The offshoot, whose moniker is a wink to the location of Memento’s Paris headquarters, has been formed to develop, produce and finance genre projects and beyond. The Paradise City banner has already been quietly operational, co-financing and co-producing Jim Mickle’s hit Sundance 2013 cannibal pic We Are What We Are, as well as the follow-up Cold In July and Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin. Paradise City has now optioned a number of projects with a slate to be curated by Georges and execs Nicholas Kaiser, Nicholas Shumaker and Naima Abed. Abed has just joined La Cinéfacture and Paradise City after stints at Headline Pictures, Metrodome Distribution and eOne. She will be based in London.
MFI, which has consistently demonstrated strong taste, has notably handled such titles as Laurent Cantet’s Cannes Palme d’Or winning The Class and Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar winning A Separation and this year’s Oscar submission, The Past. The company has been steadily expanding into production and financing over the last three years and Georges says, “Jim’s work with We Are What We Are showed us that we really enjoyed crafting the content in partnership with creative producers, and supporting the directors from the beginning… As wonderful as it is to distribute films, it’s become equally as exciting to get involved early on, to assist the creative process and see the projects come to life.” Paradise City will team with directors from around the world, expanding its slate beyond genre. “Like in international sales, we are looking for daring, bold and diverse projects and filmmakers with whom to work,” Georges adds.