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CANNES 2017 Market / France

Jour2Fête puts its faith in Beauty and the Dogs

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- The French company is selling and will handle the local release for Kaouther Ben Hania’s film, set to be showcased in Un Certain Regard; we take a look at the star attractions on its slate

Jour2Fête puts its faith in Beauty and the Dogs
Beauty and the Dogs by Kaouther Ben Hania

The major festivals are coming round again and seem to be smiling upon French distributor Jour2Fête’s young international sales department. After the lucrative deals it struck at Berlin with Felicity [+see also:
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 by Alain Gomis (which won the Grand Jury Prize), Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier’s Paris-based company can now boast that it has had a title accepted into the official selection of the 70th Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May): Beauty and the Dogs [+see also:
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 by Kaouther Ben Hania. Now the sales team headed up by Samuel Blanc needs to capitalise on this presence at the festival by heading to the Film Market and pushing sales for the third feature by the Tunisian filmmaker, following Challat of Tunis [+see also:
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 (revealed in the ACID programme at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival) and the documentary Zaineb Hates the Snow [+see also:
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 (popular out of competition at Locarno last year). This majority French production staged by Tanit Films, and co-produced by Tunisia, Sweden, Norway, Lebanon and Switzerland, revolves around Mariam, a young Tunisian woman. During a student party, she meets the mysterious Youssef and leaves with him. A long night will begin, during which she’ll have to fight for her rights and her dignity. Jour2Fête will take care of the French theatrical distribution from 18 October. 

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Two market premieres are also on Jour2Fête’s line-up: Superlovers [+see also:
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 by Guilhem Amesland (see the article – starring Vincent Macaigne, Philippe Rebbot, Hafzia Herzi and Suzanne Clément – on general release in France on 21 June) and the doc Wiz Kids: Making School a Better Place by Antoine Fromental, who followed an experimental programme implemented by the headteacher of a “difficult” secondary school in the inner suburbs of Paris.

Lastly, a brand-new title will be sold based on a promo reel: the French-Spanish documentary Impulso [+see also:
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 by Emilio Belmonte, which takes a look at the creative process behind a show at the Chaillot National Theatre in Paris by Rocío Molina, a rising star in the world of flamenco and contemporary dance.

We should also note that on the French distribution side, Jour2Fête has acquired two other Cannes titles: Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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by Italian duo Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, which will open the Critics’ Week (and will be released in cinemas in France on 15 November) and Claire’s Camera [+see also:
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by Korean director Hong Sang-soo, which is toplined by Isabelle Huppert and will have its world premiere as an Official Selection special screening.

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(Translated from French)

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