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CANNES 2017 Market/France

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Paolo Sorrentino and Lenny Abrahamson for Pathé International

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- Loro and The Little Strangers have been added to the firm’s Cannes line-up, as has Dany Boon’s La Ch'tite famille

Paolo Sorrentino and Lenny Abrahamson for Pathé International
Directors Paolo Sorrentino and Lenny Abrahamson

A trio of mouth-watering new films have been added to Pathé International’s slate for the Film Market of the 70th Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May), comprising Loro by Italy’s Paolo SorrentinoThe Little Strangers by Ireland’s Lenny Abrahamson and La Ch'tite famille by French director Dany Boon.

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The Great Beauty [+see also:
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, Pathé International is teaming up with star Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino for the fourth time and will kick off pre-sales for his new feature, Loro, on the Croisette. The director (in competition at Cannes six times, winning a Jury Prize in 2008, plus the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film in 2014) will shoot the film this summer; it revolves around Silvio Berlusconi (who will be played by Toni Servillo, Sorrentino’s pet actor) and his entourage, from a screenplay he wrote together with Umberto Contarello. Production duties will be handled by Indigo Film.

Pre-sales will also begin for The Little Strangers, which is currently in pre-production and will be the sixth feature by Ireland’s Lenny Abrahamson, following Adam and PaulGarage [+see also:
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. The cast includes Domhnall GleesonRuth Wilson and Will Poulter. The screenplay, penned by Lucinda Coxon, is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Sarah Waters and tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a maid. He has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor, but during the summer of 1947, he is called to examine a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The estate has been home to the Ayres family for more than 200 years, but it is now falling into decline and the people who live there – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life... The film is being staged by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler, and by Ed Guiney for Element Pictures

At the Film Market, Pathé International will also be striking deals for the comedy La Ch'tite famille by Dany Boon, the shoot for which will take place from late May until early August. The filmmaker-actor is returning to the universe that he first introduced in Welcome to the Sticks [+see also:
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 (2008), which garnered him 20.49 million admissions in France and grossed $245 million worldwide. The cast of his new opus includes the director himself, plus Laurence Arné Line RenaudValérie BonnetonGuy LecluyseFrançois Berléand and Pierre Richard. The story will revolve around a trendy designer in Paris who was born to a working-class northern family and who ashamedly covers up his origins. But his mother comes to Paris from the north of France especially to celebrate her 80th birthday, and she is soon followed by the rest of the disadvantaged family, who have one particular idea in mind... The production is being helmed by Pathé Films Services and Les Productions Du Ch’timi.

Pathé International will also continue working on shifting its films in post-production on the Croisette, including the mysterious Les dés en sont jetés (the new title for Mektoub Is Mektoub) by Abdellatif Kechiche (see the article), The Guardians [+see also:
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 by Xavier BeauvoisPromise at Dawn [+see also:
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 by Eric Barbier (see the article), Le Brio by Yvan Attal and the documentary La quête d'Alain Ducasse by Gilles de Maistre, not to mention an as-yet untitled project in pre-production, which will be a biopic directed by British director Andrew Haigh on the late flamboyant fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

(Translated from French)

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