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CANNES 2007 Market / France

The boom of French sales agents

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A barometer for the finances of international cinema and a focal point for the circulation of films beyond their national borders, the 48th Cannes Film Market (May 16-26, 2007) is the ideal launch pad for international sales outfits. And while the line-ups of Wild Bunch (see news), Dreamachine (see article), StudioCanal (see news), Pyramide (see article), UGC International (see news), Pathé (see article) and Rezo Films (see news) are bursting with completed films and attractive projects, other French sellers also hope to take advantage of the Cannes effect to drum up business.

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MK2 is betting on official competition title Paranoid Park [+see also:
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by US helmer Gus Van Sant and A Lost Man [+see also:
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by Lebanese director Danielle Arbid in the Directors’ Fortnight, which also features a second MK2 title in its line-up, Garage [+see also:
film review
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interview: Ed Guiney
interview: Jean-François Deveau
interview: Lenny Abrahamson
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by Irish director Lenny Abrahamson.

Meanwhile, The Coproduction Office has two films in Official Selection as previously reported on Cineuropa (see news): Import/Export [+see also:
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by Austria’s Ulrich Seidl in competition and You, the Living [+see also:
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interview: Pernilla Sandström
interview: Roy Andersson
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by Swedish director Roy Andersson in Un Certain Regard.

Les Films du Losange will be selling Nicolas Philibert’s documentary Back to Normandie (news), while Nadir Moknèche’s Délice Paloma [+see also:
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(see article) will premiere at the market. Other Losange titles include Jean-Marc Moutout’s Exclusif [+see also:
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(see news) and Michael Haneke’s new film The White Ribbon, which will be co-produced in 2008 by Germany (X-Filme), Austria and France.

Meanwhile, in official competition Paolo Branco’s new outfit Alma Films will be selling Christophe Honoré’s Les Chansons d'amour [+see also:
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, while Wide Management will be busy negotiating sales on Jan Bonny’s German film Counterparts [+see also:
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, selected in Directors’ Fortnight along with Nadine Labaki’s Lebanese production Caramel [+see also:
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, sold by Roissy Films.

Onoma will be selling Kadri Kõusaa’s Estonian feature Magnus in competition in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

Memento Films will be handling sales on Olivier Assayas’s Midnight Screening Boarding Gate [+see also:
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. Its line-up also features Michelange Quay’s Eat, For this is My Body [+see also:
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and Romuald Beugnon’s Les sapins bleus [+see also:
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(see news).

The line-up from EuropaCorp features Frontières [+see also:
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by Xavier Gens (see article) and Go Fast [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Olivier Van Hoofstadt, starring Roschdy Zem and Olivier Gourmet.

M6 Da will be hoping to do well at the Cannes Market with Guillaume Nicloux’s La clé [+see also:
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(see news), Sophie Marceau’s La Disparue de Deauville [+see also:
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(see news) and Florent Siri’s L'ennemi intime [+see also:
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(article).

(Translated from French)

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