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CANNES 2021 Marché du Film

A sparkling Cannes line-up for mk2 Films

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- With seven features included in various Cannes section, including the new film from Joachim Trier in competition, the French sales agent holds many assets

A sparkling Cannes line-up for mk2 Films
The Worst Person in the World by Joachim Trier

After warming up its engines last week at the online Pre-Cannes Screenings, the international sales team of mk2 Films, headed by Fionnuala Jamison, is getting ready for intense activity on the Croisette at the Marché du Film ( 6-15 July) of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. It will be there with plenty of ammunition, with a line-up including among other titles an armada of seven films which will be having their world premiere in the various sections of the festival. Shining bright in the line-up is The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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]
by Joachim Trier, which will mark the second participation in the race for the Palme d’Or (after Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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in 2015) for the Norwegian filmmaker, who made a strong impression in Un Certain Regard in 2011 with Oslo, August 31st [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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. The film’s French release on 13 October is organised by Memento Distribution.

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Standing out in Official Selection are four other films from mk2’s line-up, including two in Un Certain Regard: Women Do Cry [+see also:
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interview: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
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from Bulgarian directors Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova (well-received in Locarno in 2019 with Cat in the Wall [+see also:
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interview: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
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and this time working in the realm of fiction to explore the contradictions of their country – an Activist 38 production with French companies Ici et Là Productions and Arte France Cinéma) and House Arrest from Russian filmmaker Alexey German Jr (who already played in competition in Venice and Berlin with Gaspartum, Soldat de papier, Under Electric Clouds [+see also:
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and Dovlatov [+see also:
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interview: Milan Maric
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).

mk2 is also selling two documentaries selected in new programmes in the Official Selection: Cow [+see also:
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from British director Andrea Arnold (winner of the Jury Prize three times in Cannes with her fiction films Red Road [+see also:
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, Fish Tank [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Arnold
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and American Honey [+see also:
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Q&A: Andrea Arnold
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) which will be unveiled in Cannes Premiere, and Invisible Demons by Indian director Rahul Jain which is playing in the ephemeral section Cinema for the Climate.

Also standing out in the line-up are two feature films selected in Directors' Fortnight : A Chiara [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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]
from Italian director Jonas Carpignano (already well-received in Cannes with Mediterranea [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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and A Ciambra [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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and back with a film produced by Stayblack with Rai Cinema, with French company Haut et Court — who will also handle the film’s French distribution — and with Arte France Cinéma) and The Braves [+see also:
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from french director Anaïs Volpé (produced by Unité and distributed in France by KMBO).

Great deals are to be expected for mk2 among its rich selections of films currently in pre-sales with, currently in production, the musical Don Juan from French director Serge Bozon (starring Tahar Rahim and Virginie Efira — read the article) and Corsage by Austrian director Marie Kreutzer (read the news).

Also set to be pre-sold, based on a promoreel, are the films (currently in post-production) The Good Boss [+see also:
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by Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa, Petite Solange [+see also:
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interview: Axelle Ropert
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by Axelle Ropert, Mali Twist by Robert Guédiguian (article), The Young Lovers by Carine Tardieu (article) and The Love Letter by Jérôme Bonnell.

Also in post-production is Costa Brava, Lebanon [+see also:
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by Mounia Akl (presold on script) and, in pre-production, the American/French production Silver Star by Ruben Amar (set to film in late 2021). Worth pointing out finally are four enticing animated films in the line-up: currently in pre-production are The Inventor by Jim Capobianco and Outfoxed! by Paul Bolger, and already being made are A Winter’s Journey by Alex Alfrecht and Mars Express by French director Jérémie Périn

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(Translated from French)

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