Ozon, Cordier and probably Kechiche to vie for Golden Lion
by Fabien Lemercier
05/07/2010 - In Paris, the veil has been partially lifted on the trio of French films that will screen in competition at the 67th Venice Film Festival (September 1-11). Set to vie for honours are François Ozon’s Potiche [trailer] as predicted; surprise contender Happy Few [trailer] by Antony Cordier (information confirmed by the producer); and most likely Black Venus by Abdellatif Kechiche, who is putting the finishing touches to the editing.
After 5x2 [trailer] in 2004, Ozon (42) will return to competition at Venice with his 12th feature Potiche (see news). This French/Belgian co-production piloted by Mandarin Cinéma stars Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Jérémie Renier and Judith Godrèche. Mars Distribution will release the film in France on November 10 and Wild Bunch is managing international sales.
Another title in Wild Bunch’s line-up will compete for the Golden Lion: Happy Few (see news), the second feature by Antony Cordier (36) after Cold Showers [trailer] (Directors’ Fortnight 2005 and Louis Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film). Produced byWhy Not, Happy Few stars Marina Foïs, Roschdy Zem, Elodie Bouchez and Nicolas Duvauchelle. Le Pacte will launch the title in French theatres on September 15.
Abdellatif Kechiche’s Black Venus (see news) should complete the French presence in competition on the Lido. This is subject to the approval of Venice selector Marco Muller, who still has to view the new film by the director who won awards at Venice for Poetical Refugee (Best Debut Feature in 2000) and The Secret of the Grain [trailer] (Special Jury Prize in 2007).
Starring Yahima Torres, André Jacobs and Olivier Gourmet, the fourth feature by Kechiche (49) was produced by MK2 and 10% co-produced by Italy via Lucky Red. MK2 hold the French distribution and international sales rights.
(Translated from French)