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CANNES 2009 Market / France

French sellers out in force on Croisette

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Cineuropa has already presented the line-ups for Wild Bunch, Celluloid Dreams, Films Distribution, Pathé International, StudioCanal, TF1 International, Les Films du Losange, MK2, UGC, Kinology, Le Pacte and Pyramide (see interview with Eric Lagesse). Several other French sellers also intend to make the most of the Film Market at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off today.

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Memento Films International will be pinning its hopes on Bulgarian director Kamen Kalev’s Eastern Plays [+see also:
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in the Directors’ Fortnight and two titles in the Un Certain Regard section: Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats by Iran’s Bahman Ghobadi and Philippine director Raya A. Martin’s Independencia [+see also:
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(co-produced by France’s Atopic films and Arte France Cinéma, Holland’s Hubert Bals Fund and Germany’s Razor Film).

Rezo Films will be hoping for success with Karen Eyada’s French/Israeli/German co-production Jaffa [+see also:
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, which is to have a special screening (see interview with Producer on The Move Emmanuel Agneray); I killed My Mother by Canada’s Xavier Dolan in the Directors’ Fortnight; and Tzar by Russia’s Pavel Lounguine in the Un Certain Regard section. The company will also start sales for Léa Fehner’s Qu’un seul tienne et les autres suivront (“If Just One Holds Out, the Rest Will Follow”).

Orly Films in association with Coach 14 is selling Alain ResnaisWild Grass [+see also:
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, which will vie for the Palme d’Or.

Meanwhile, EuropaCorp has a title in competition: In the Beginning [+see also:
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by Xavier Giannoli. Luc Besson’s company also has US film I Love You Phillip Morris in the Directors’ Fortnight and numerous assets at the Market, including a promo-reel for Richard Berry’s L’immortel (“The Immortal”), a new trailer for Pierre Morel’s From Paris With Love and an impressive selection of animated films in production: Besson’s Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard and Arthur and the Two Worlds War; Bibo Bergeron’s A Monster in Paris; and the project Les extraordinaires aventures d’Adèle Blanc-Sec (“The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec”).

Gaumont will show promo-reels for Karim Dridi’s The Last Voyage of Lancaster (starring Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet) and Nicolas Boukkrief’s Two Cops (featuring Cécile de France). In post-production, the company has Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night, whose cast includes Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Canet.

On The Coproduction Office’s line-up is Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier’s Belgian animated film A Town Called Panic [+see also:
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(Official Selection - Midnight Screening).

Meanwhile, Doc & Film International is handling sales for Luc Moullet’s Earth Madness [+see also:
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(Directors’ Fortnight) and Umedia is selling Belgian director Caroline Strubbe’s Lost Persons Area [+see also:
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(Critics’ Week).

Bac Films will present Albert Pereira Lazaro and Emmanuel Klotz’s animated feature Round Da Way in Critics’ Week and market premières of Julie Lopes-Curval’s Hidden Diary (starring Catherine Deneuve, Marina Hands and Marie-Josée Croze), Jean-Jacques Zilbermann’s He Is My Girl and Jean-Christophe Klotz’s Black Out.

Other Angle Pictures will be placing its hopes on Riad Sattouf’s Les beaux gosses [+see also:
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(“Beautiful Kids”) in the Directors’ Fortnight and on Christopher Thompson’s Bus Palladium (in production).

Red Star Cinéma will be represented by Portuguese director Pedro Costa’s Ne change rien [+see also:
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(“Don’t Change Anything”) in the Directors’ Fortnight.

Elle Driver will be hoping for success with two films in the Un Certain Regard section (Ciro Guerra’s The Wind Journeys and Warwick Thornton’s Samson & Delilah), whilst getting sales underway for Lola Doillon’s forthcoming film Entre tes mains (“In Your Hands”, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Pio Marmaï) and UK comedy Hysteria.

The Cannes market will also host other French sales companies, including Roissy Films, SND and Wide Management.

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