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CANNES 2013 Market / UK

Protagonist Pictures' Directors Fortnight entry goes to Artificial Eye

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- Protagonist Pictures' British drama The Selfish Giant is screening today (May 17) as a world premiere at the Directors Fortnight will be released in the UK by Artificial Eye in the autumn

Protagonist Pictures' Directors Fortnight entry goes to Artificial Eye

The London-based sales arm for Film4, Vertigo Films and Ingenious Film Partners comes for the sixth time to Cannes with one of its strongest line-ups ever.

Protagonist Pictures’ British drama The Selfish Giant [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Clio Barnard
interview: Clio Barnard
film profile
]
 (photo) is screening today (May 17) as a world premiere at the Directors Fortnight and will be released in the UK by Artificial Eye in the autumn. France has also shown a keen interest on Clio Barnard’s youth drama, one of four titles premiering at the Cannes market.

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“When Edouard Waintrop (Directors’ Fortnight Artistic Director) first viewed The Selfish Giant, he was moved to tears,” said Bridget Pedgrift, Head of Marketing, sitting at her busy office of Residence du Grand Hotel. Another strong British drama premiering tomorrow at the Critics Week is For Those in Peril [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: George Mackay
film profile
]
by first time director Paul Wright, the story of a survivor from a fishing boat accident who has to deal with his grief and guilt.

Two other British titles are screening at the market: the teen movie Street Dance All Stars 3D and Kevin Macdonald’s highly anticipated  teen romance How I Live Now [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, pre-sold to several distributors such as TFI (France), Impuls (Switzerland), Lusomundo (Portugal) and Ablo (Eastern Europe).

Three established directors on Protagonist’s roster are in post-production: Lenny Abrahamson (Garage) and his comedy Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Ben Wheatley’s period black & white horror drama A Field in England (to be released simultaneously in the cinemas, on TV and VOD on July 5 in the UK), and The Double by Richard Ayoade (Submarine [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
). Territories already closed on Ayoade’s dark comedy are the UK (Studio Canal) and France (Mars Distribution).

Pedgrift is also thrilled to present four attractive new third-party pick-ups. Alive Alone starring Swedish star actress Noomi Rapace and Belgian star Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) is a fast-paced US thriller, My Old Lady by US playwright Israel Horovitz stars Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline, Me Him Her by Max Landis, is a US comedy of manners, finally Born to be King is a UK comedy in which Ewan McGregor has four different parts.

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