SND boasts seven trump cards at the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris
by Fabien Lemercier
- Standing out on the line-up are the market premiere of Tanguy Is Back and the very first images of the documentary Good Morning Professor!
The international sales division of SND is preparing to head to the 21st Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, organised from 17-21 January by UniFrance, where it will be presenting a rock-solid line-up of seven titles. The comedy Tanguy Is Back by Etienne Chatiliez will be unveiled as a market premiere. The sequel to the 2001 hit (4.3 million admissions at the French box office and more than one million tickets sold in the rest of the world) will grace French screens on 10 April, again with André Dussollier, Sabine Azéma and Éric Berger among the cast.
Another market premiere is on the cards for Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion [+see also:
film profile] by Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier, which is currently proving to be a smash hit in French theatres (notching up 3.46 million admissions in just five weeks), has been nominated for the 2019 Lumières Award for Best Animated Film and has already been sold for distribution in 55 territories. Interestingly, the movie has already come out in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania and Portugal (since Thursday, via NOS Audiovisuais). It is being distributed from today onwards in Spain by Vértice Cine, and will be out in Greece on 17 January, thanks to Feelgood Entertainment; in Poland on 18 January, via Kino Swiat; in Romania on the same date, courtesy of RO Image 2000 and Prorom; in Italy from 7 March, thanks to Notorious Pictures; and in Germany from 14 March, via Universum Film.
The SND team, led by head of international sales Charlotte Boucon, will also be pinning its hopes on a new title that has been added to its line-up, the very first images of which will be shown at the event: Good Morning Professor! by Émilie Therond (who turned heads in 2016 with Mon maître d’école). The documentary, which is currently being shot, travels from a Siberian nomad camp buried beneath the snow to the remote bushland of Burkina Faso, via the flooded lands of Bangladesh. Three teachers are driven by their sole and common vocation. They are the discreet and humble heroes who will build the adults of tomorrow. They are fully aware that an educated child can change the world… The film is being produced by Paris-based outfit Winds, which has On the Way to School [+see also:
film profile] (César Award for Best Documentary in 2014) under its belt, among other movies.
There is also a screening of The Ideal Palace [+see also:
film profile] by Niels Tavernier on the cards (set to be released in France on 16 January), while three features currently in post-production will be sold based on their promo-reels: the comedies Just Retired by Fabrice Bracq (toplined by Michèle Laroque and Thierry Lhermitte) and Divorce Club by Michaël Youn (starring Arnaud Ducret, François-Xavier Demaison, Caroline Anglade and Audrey Fleurot), as well as Spread Your Wings by Nicolas Vanier (see the article), which will go on general release in France on 9 October 2019.
(Translated from French)
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