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Good business expected at Rendez-Vous

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The ninth edition of Unifrance event Rendez-Vous With French Cinema kicks off in Paris today. Regarded as the most important film market of the year, the four-day event will give 350 distributors and 120 foreign journalists from 23 countries an opportunity to discover the most recent French productions and to meet with French actors and directors.

Several eagerly-awaited market screenings feature among the line-up. Gaumont will present Régis Wargnier’s Have Mercy On Us All [+see also:
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, while Studio Canal are offering a wealth of titles, which includes Eric Lartigau’s Rent A Wife [+see also:
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, Pierre Jolivet’s Je crois que je l'aime [+see also:
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, Danse avec lui [+see also:
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by Valérie Guignabodet, Don’t Worry, I’m Fine [+see also:
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by Philippe Lioret and Bad Faith [+see also:
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by Roschdy Zem.

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Wild Bunch will present Laurent Tirard’s Molière [+see also:
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and Pierre Salvadori’s Priceless [+see also:
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, while Pathé has high hopes for Franck Mancuso’s Contre-enquête [+see also:
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and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s Odette toulemonde [+see also:
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TF1 International expect to do good business with Crime Insiders [+see also:
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by Frédéric Schoendoerffer and L'île aux trésors by Alain Berberian, as do Roissy Films with J'attends quelqu'un [+see also:
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by Jérôme Bonnell.

Meanwhile, Gémini Films will offer Emmanuelle Cuau’s Très bien merci ! and M6 DA will launch Florent Siri’s L'ennemi intime [+see also:
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and Anne Fassio’s Je déteste les enfants des autres [+see also:
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Other films lined-up include Tell No One [+see also:
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by Guillaume Canet (EuropaCorp) and Touch Not the Axe! by Jacques Rivette (Films du Losange).

Aside from completed films, the market will also provide an occasion for buyers and sellers to negotiate on features in production or pre-production. Wild Bunch, for example, will present a 45- minute screening of Luc Jacquet’s Renard et de l’enfant and start sales on Claude Chabrol’s La femme coupée en deux.

TF1 International are pre-selling Jean-Paul Salomé’s Les Femmes de l'ombre and Emmanuel Mouret’s Un baiser s’il vous plait, while Studio Canal will present Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Sa majesté Minor.

Other French sales outfits expecting to do good business in Paris this weekend are Films Distribution, Celluloid Dreams, MK2, UGC, Onoma, Memento and Wide.

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(Translated from French)

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