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BERLINALE 2011 Market / France

16 new titles in Wild Bunch’s line-up

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16 new titles in Wild Bunch’s line-up

The European Film Market is looking promising for French international seller Wild Bunch which will arrive at the Berlinale (February 10-20, 2011) with a strike force of 38 titles in its line-up, including 16 new films.

Heading the pack are two French projects which will start shooting in spring. In The War of the Buttons, director Christophe Barratier will reunite with his actors from The Chorus [+see also:
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, Gérard Jugnot and Kad Merad. Set during the Second World War, the story centres on the fierce conflict between the children from two villages but it also tackles the sensitive issues of the time, in particular through the character of a Jewish teenage girl hidden in the region.

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Produced by La Petite Reine, the film is backed by the following partners: Studio 37, TF1 Films Productions, Canal + and Mars Distribution.

In Berlin on Saturday, February 12, Wild Bunch will organise a special presentation of the project Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, with director Laurent Tirard in attendance. Produced by Fidélité Films, this new instalment in the adventures of the famous Gauls will feature Edouard Baer, Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Fabrice Luchini and Valérie Lemercier, among others. It has already been pre-bought for Italy, Spain, Eastern Europe, Greece and Indonesia.

Several other new films will be presented with promo-reels to hand, including the following French titles: Sylvie Verheyde’s Confession of a Child of the Century, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Pete Doherty and Auguste Diehl (see news); Virginie Despentes’s Bye Bye Blondie, starring Emmanuelle Béart and Béatrice Dalle (see news); Maïwen’s Poliss, featuring Mariana Foïs, Karin Viard, Nicolas Duvauchelle and Riccardo Scamarcio (see news); Christophe Ruggia’s In the Turmoil, whose cast includes Clovis Cornillac, Mathilde Seigner and Yvan Attal (see news); Valérie Donzelli’s Déclaration de Guerre (“War Declaration”); and Philippe Garrel’s That Summer, starring Louis Garrel and Monica Bellucci (see news).

Images will also be shown for Michael Radford’s documentary Michel Petrucciani: Body and Soul; Shomi Elkabetz’s French production Testimony; and two Spanish science-fiction films: Kike Maillo’s Eva, starring Claudia Vega, Daniel Bruhl, Marta Etura, Alberto Amann and Lluis Homar (see news); and Extraterrestrial by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimesnews [+see also:
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).

Also joining Wild Bunch’s line-up are Jonathan Caouette’s Cloudbusters; Nick Cassavetes’s Yellow; and Cédric Kahn’s A Better Life, featuring Guillaume Canet and Leïla Bekhti (see news). Vincent Maraval’s team will also continue pre-sales for, among others, The Kid with a Bike by the Dardenne brothers (see news); The Grandmasters by Wong Kar-waï; Lou Ye’s Love and Bruises, starring Tahar Rahim (see news); and Giovanni Veronesi’s The Ages of Love, with a cast including Robert de Niro, Monica Bellucci and Riccardo Scamarcio.

Finally, there will be market screenings of Icíar Bollaín’s Even the Rain [+see also:
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interview: Icíar Bollaín
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, Jérôme Salle’s The Burma Conspiracy and Delphine Gleize’s The Moon Child.

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(Translated from French)

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