Flurry of premieres at Unifrance Meetings
by Fabien Lemercier
10/01/2008 - Successful deals look set to be struck with the 350 foreign distributors who will gather in Paris for the 10th Rendez-vous with French Cinema organised by Unifrance, which will take place from January 10-14.
The line-up includes 80 screenings, including several market premieres, and the 140 invited journalists hailing from 29 different countries will have the opportunity to meet French actors and filmmakers.
Wild Bunch will unveil Hand of the Headless Man [trailer] by Belgian director Guillaume Malandrin; Vera Belmont’s Survivre avec les loups [trailer] (“Survive With the Wolves”); and Marc Caro’s Dante 01 [trailer].
Promotional reels are also planned for Gilles Bourdos’ Afterwards, starring Romain Duris and John Malkovich; Claire Denis’s White Material, starring Isabelle Huppert; Fabrice du Weltz’s Vinyan, featuring Emmanuelle Béart and Rufus Sewell; Agnès Merlet’s Dorothy Mills [trailer], starring Carice Van Houten; Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs; as well as for Philippe Muyl’s Magic! and the documentary Hollywood, I’m Sleeping Over Tonight.
Moreover, Wild Bunch have other impressive titles in post-production, such as Arnaud Desplechin’s Un conte de Noël (“A Christmas Tale”) and Bruno Podalydes’s Bancs publics (“Public Stands”). Titles currently being shot include Jaco van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody, Marina de Van’s Ne te retourne pas (“Don’t Turn Around”) and Jérôme Salle’s Largo Winch.
Films Distribution will present Nicolas Boukhrief’s Cortex [trailer]; Lea Fazer’s Notre univers impitoyable [trailer] (“Our Pitiless World”, see news); and Gilles Legrand’s La jeune fille et les loups (“The Young Girl and the Wolves”), starring Stefano Accorsi, Laetitia Casta and Jean-Paul Rouve (see news), while Celluloid Dreams are placing their hopes on German thriller The Wave [trailer] by Dennis Gansel (selected at the Sundance Festival).
Pyramide will screen Vincent Dietschy’s Didine and Nora Hamdi’s Des poupées et des anges (“Dolls and Angels”). They also intend to pre-sell titles in post-production, including Jacques Doillon’s Le premier venu (“The First To Arrive”) and Ilian Duran Cohen’s Le plaisir de chanter (“The Joy of Singing”); as well as titles currently being shot, such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Daydreams and Anne Fontaine’s Monaco; and films in pre-production, including Bruno Dumont’s Hadewijch and Catherine Corsini’s Partir (“Leaving”).
Les Films du Losange will present Jean-Marc Moutout’s La fabrique des sentiments (“The Feelings Factory”) and launch sales for Pierre Schoeller’s Versailles (in post-production) and Michael Haneke’s latest film: Le ruban blanc (“The White Ribbon”, in pre-production).
Gaumont they are placing their hopes on the comedy A Widow at Last by Isabelle Mergault, Christine Carrière’s Darling [trailer] and Les deux mondes [trailer] (“The Two Worlds”) by Daniel Cohen, while Bac Films are counting on success with genre films La Chambre des morts [trailer] (“The Death Chamber”) by Alfred Lot and Eden Log [trailer] by Franck Vestiel, as well as Solveig Anspach’s Back Soon (in post-production) and Hannelore Cayre’s Commis d’office (“Court Appointed Lawyer”, currently shooting).
Finally, The Coproduction Office’s line-up includes Hungarian film Delta [trailer, film focus] by Kornél Mundruczó and Wide Management will unveil Stéphanie Duvivier’s Un roman policier (“A Detective Story”), among other films.
(Translated from French)