Playtime showcases young French cinema
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French seller's line-up includes Angel Face by Vanessa Filho in the Un Certain Regard section and Treat Me Like Fire at the Directors' Fortnight
Forever hot on the heels of potential talent in the making, the French branch of Playtime – the international sales company – will be hedging its bets at the Film Market at the 71st Cannes Film Festival (from 8 to 19 May) on two debut French feature films that captured the interest of those making the selections on the Croisette.
Angel Face [+see also:
film profile] by Vanessa Filho will make its world premiere in official selection in the Un Certain Regard section, starring Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard in the role of an unworthy mother.
Treat Me Like Fire [+see also:
interview: Marie Monge
film profile] by Marie Monge, which is due to be unveiled at the Directors' Fortnight, is also attracting buyers thanks to its cast (Tahar Rahim and Stacy Martin) and the film’s genre, which is purported to be somewhat detective in nature.
Freshly added to the line-up is the thriller Who Do You Think I Am by Safy Nebbou, which has just finished shooting (see the article – starring Juliette Binoche, François Civil, Nicole Garcia, Charles Berling and Guillaume Gouix).
The Playtime Team (Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, François Yon and Sebastian Beffa) will also be relying on the market premiere of 15 Minutes of War by Fred Grivois (starring Olga Kurylenko and Alban Lenoir), which delves into Somalia in 1976 where a French intervention group attempts to free 21 children kidnapped by local rebels.
Playtime will also be showing some first-look promo reels for Non-Fiction by Olivier Assayas (starring Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet and Vincent Macaigne), The Summer House by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Sunset by the Hungarian director László Nemes. Two further titles in post-production will also be pre-sold on promo-reel: Who Killed Lady Winsley? by Hiner Saleem (read the article here) and Angelo by the Austrian director Markus Schleinzer.
Playtime will also be represented on the Croisette by its German subsidiary (Films Boutique with Border [+see also:
interview: Ali Abbasi
film profile] and Sextape [+see also:
interview: Antoine Desrosières
film profile] in the Un Certain Regard section, Birds of Passage [+see also:
film profile] at the Directors' Fortnight and One Day [+see also:
interview: Zsófia Szilágyi
film profile] in the Critics' Week), its Belgian subsidiary (Be for Films with Sofia [+see also:
interview: Meryem Benm'Barek
film profile] in the Un Certain Regard section and Our Struggles [+see also:
interview: Guillaume Senez
film profile] in the Critics' Week - read the news here) and finally its English subsidiary (Film Constellation).
(Translated from French)
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