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CANNES 2019 Marché du Film

Wild Bunch still reigns supreme at Cannes

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- With five Palme d'Or contenders, two films in Un Certain Regard, one special screening, two in the Directors’ Fortnight and two in the Critics’ Week, the firm's slate is brimming with fantastic titles

Wild Bunch still reigns supreme at Cannes
Young Ahmed by the Dardenne brothers (© Christine Plenus)

Tomorrow, French-German international sales agent Wild Bunch will be plunging into the frenzied hustle and bustle of the Marché du Film at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May) with a ferocious appetite and a supersize line-up. Indeed, the team managed by Vincent Maraval and led by head of sales Eva Diederix can boast a horde of 13 films that are being showcased in the various selections on the Croisette, as well as myriad titles in post-production.

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Spearheading the slate are five contenders for the 2019 Palme d’Or: Young Ahmed [+see also:
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interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
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by Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (which Diaphana will be releasing in French theatres on 22 May, the same day as it is screened at Cannes) and four movies that will be released in France by Le Pacte: Sorry We Missed You [+see also:
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Q&A: Ken Loach
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by Brit Ken Loach, It Must Be Heaven [+see also:
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interview: Elia Suleiman
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by Palestine’s Elia Suleiman, Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud Desplechin
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by France’s Arnaud Desplechin and Les Misérables [+see also:
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interview: Ladj Ly
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by his fellow countryman Ladj Ly.

As a reminder, since it was founded, Wild Bunch has always (apart from in 2005) had at least one film in the running for the Palme d'Or: seven in 2006, six in 2013, five in 2015 and 2016, four in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2017 and 2018, three in 2000, 2011 and 2012, two in 2004 and 2010, and one in 2007.

Wild Bunch is also selling three other films that will world-premiere in the Official Selection: Beanpole [+see also:
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by Russia’s Kantemir Balagov and Homeward [+see also:
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by Ukraine’s Nariman Aliev in Un Certain Regard, the documentary Let It Be Law [+see also:
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by Argentina’s Juan Solanas as a special screening, and the medium-length film Lux Aeterna by France’s Gaspar Noé (starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Béatrice Dalle, among others) as an Official Selection midnight screening.

Wild Bunch will also have a major presence on the line-up of the Directors’ Fortnight with An Easy Girl [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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by France’s Rebecca Zlotowski and Give Me Liberty by US director of Russian descent Kirill Mikhanovsky, and in the Critics’ Week special screenings with You Deserve a Lover [+see also:
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interview: Hafsia Herzi
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by France’s Hafsia Herzi and Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountain by China’s Gu Xiaogang.

Pre-sales will also officially be getting under way for Le Sel des larmes by France’s Philippe Garrel (currently being shot – see the article) and Madame Claude by his fellow countrywoman Sylvie Veyhede (a movie that Cineuropa will reveal more details of at a later date).

Another particularly noteworthy event at the Marché du Film will be the premiere of Persona non grata [+see also:
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by France’s Roschdy Zem, and the Wild Bunch team will also be negotiating deals for a plethora of films in post-production, including Thalasso [+see also:
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by Guillaume Nicloux, In the Name of the Land [+see also:
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by Edouard Bergeon, The Translators by France’s Régis Roinsard (see the article), the documentary Gogo by Pascal Plisson, The Truth by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, Inherit the Viper by Switzerland’s Anthony Jerjen (toplined by Josh Hartnett), the Mexican movie Workforce by Mexico’s David Zonana, The Fisherman’s Daughter by Azerbaijan’s Ismail Safarali, Where It Begins by China’s Fei Zhao and The Cave by Thailand’s Tom Waller. Also of note on the slate, among other titles presently in production, is Where Is Anne Frank by Israel’s Ari Folman.

(Translated from French)

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