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CANNES 2011 Market / France

Wild Bunch showcases titles by Maïwenn and Dardenne brothers

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Wild Bunch showcases titles by Maïwenn and Dardenne brothers

With six films, including two in official competition, in the different selections at the 64th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22, 2011), French company Wild Bunch has once again emerged as one of the surest bets at the upcoming Film Market, where it will present a stellar line-up of 45 titles (see news about forthcoming films).

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In the top Cannes showcase, the race for the Palme d’Or (see news), Vincent Maraval’s team will be hoping for success with French director Maïwenn’s surprise title Poliss [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maïwenn
film profile
]
(see news - photo). The film, which will be released in France on October 19 by Mars Films, has also been acquired for Spain, German-speaking Europe, Benelux, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Switzerland.

Wild Bunch will also negotiate sales for another title in competition: Belgian/French/Italian co-production The Kid With a Bike [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile
]
(see news) by brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Set to be launched by Diaphana in French theatres on May 18, the feature has been pre-bought by at least 20 territories including, in Europe, the Baltic countries, Spain, Switzerland, Benelux, Greece, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, the CIS countries, German-speaking Europe and the former Yugoslavia.

In the official selection, Wild Bunch will be pinning its hopes on French director Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Michel Hazanavicius
film profile
]
(see news), out of competition; and a special screening of Brit director Michael Radford’s documentary Michel Petrucciani, co-produced by France, Germany and Italy.

Wild Bunch will also sell two titles presented out of competition in International Critics’ Week: French helmer Valérie Donzelli’s Declaration of War [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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(see news), which will open the selection; and Jonathan Caouette’s US/French/Belgian co-production Walk Away Renée [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
.

Finally, there will be three premieres among the market screenings: Christophe Ruggia’s In the Turmoil (see news), Agnès Merlet’s French/Irish/Swedish co-production Hideaways [+see also:
trailer
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(see news), and Manual of Love 3 [+see also:
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making of
film profile
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by Italy’s Giovanni Veronesi.

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(Translated from French)

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