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CANNES 2022 Marché du Film

Wild Bunch to continue its reign in Cannes

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- 14 of the sales agent’s titles will feature in the different Cannes sections, including five in competition courtesy of Claire Denis, Cristian Mungiu, Arnaud Desplechin, Ali Abbasi and the Dardennes

Wild Bunch to continue its reign in Cannes
Stars at Noon by Claire Denis

It might sometimes frustrate their competitors, but you can’t help but respect them: Wild Bunch International are without doubt the stand-out sales agent in the domain of global auteur cinema, and the 75th Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film (running 17 - 25 May) is set to provide even more proof of this. The team directed by Vincent Maraval and steered by Eva Diederix have lined up an impressive 15 feature films which are scheduled to enjoy world premieres in the various sections on the Croisette.

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Shining bright among these movies are five contenders for the 2022 Palme d’Or: English-language title Stars at Noon [+see also:
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by French director Claire Denis, Brother and Sister [+see also:
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by fellow French national Arnaud Desplechin, Tori and Lokita [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, R.M.N. [+see also:
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by Romania’s Cristian Mungiu and Holy Spider [+see also:
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by the Danish director of Iranian origin Ali Abbasi.

For the record, since its foundation, Wild Bunch has always boasted (except in 2005) at least one film in the running for the Palme d'Or, wielding seven in 2006, six in 2013, five in 2015, 2016, 2019 and also in 2022, four in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2021, three in 2000, 2011 and 2012, two in 2004 and 2010, and one in 2007.

Another movie stealing focus in the sales agent’s line-up is the festival’s opening film Final Cut [+see also:
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by Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius, which is set to be presented out of competition alongside Louis Garrel’s The Innocent [+see also:
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. Within the Official Selection, meanwhile, Wild Bunch International are selling Nos frangins [+see also:
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by Rachid Bouchareb, due to be unveiled in the Cannes Première section and Rebel [+see also:
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by the explosive Belgian duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah which is due to showcase in Midnight Screenings, not to mention two documentaries Riposte féministe [+see also:
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by Marie Perennès and Simon Depardon, and Salam [+see also:
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by Mélanie « Diam’s », Houda Benyamina and Anne Cissé, which will be treated to Special Screenings, and Ukrainian feature film Butterfly Vision [+see also:
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by Maksim Nakonechnyi, which will enjoy its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section.

Selected for the Critics’ Week competition, Summer Scars [+see also:
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by young French director Simon Rieth is set to bolster the sales agent’s impressive contingent, much like The Five Devils [+see also:
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by fellow French director Léa Mysius, which is due for presentation in the Directors’ Fortnight (and for which Mubi has just acquired the rights pertaining to North America, the UK, Ireland, Latin American and Turkey).

Standing tall among the new titles scheduled to be pre-sold at the Marché du Film are The Old Oak by English helmer Ken Loach (commencing shooting on Thursday), Jeanne du Barry by France’s Maïwenn (shooting this summer) - which stars the filmmaker herself (as a woman born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 who nonetheless went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress), Johnny Depp (playing the sovereign), Louis Garrel, Pierre Richard and Noémie Lvovsky – but also Philippe Garrel’s The Plough (in production - news).

And that’s without forgetting films in post-production (Wild Bunch International are also selling Bac Films’ titles), including Other People’s Children by Rebecca Zlotowski, Saint Omer by Alice Diop, Junkyard Dog by Jean-Baptiste Durand (article), Rascals by Jimmy Laporal-Trésor (article), Houria by Mounia Meddour (news), Mercy by Kim Chapiron, The Little Gang by Pierre Salvadori (news), Loving Memories by Guillaume Bureau (article), Blazing Neon by FGKO (article), Nightmare by Kjersti Helen Rasmussen, Heroic by David Zonana, and Mainstream by Gia Coppola.

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(Translated from French)

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