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CANNES 2018 Market

A gigantic Cannes line-up for Wild Bunch

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- Four contenders for the Palme d'Or, one film in Un Certain Regard, one in the Directors’ Fortnight, plus the upcoming movies by Loach, the Dardennes, Desplechin and many more

A gigantic Cannes line-up for Wild Bunch
The Image Book by Jean-Luc Godard

As usual, French-German international sales agent Wild Bunch will be rocking up at the Film Market of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May) clutching a truly stunning line-up. Four titles on it really stand out, given that they will be duking it out for the 2018 Palme d'Or: The Image Book [+see also:
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 by legendary French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc GodardCapharnaüm [+see also:
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 by Lebanon’s Nadine LabakiShoplifters by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda and an outsider – Yomeddine [+see also:
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by Egypt’s Abu Bakr Shawky (a feature debut).

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The team managed by Vincent Maraval and led by head of sales Eva Diederix will also be able to pin its hopes on two other titles in the glamorous showcase: Long Day’s Journey into Night [+see also:
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 by China’s Bi Gan (minority-produced by French outfit CG Cinéma), which will be world-premiered in Un Certain Regard, and the French-Belgian production Climax [+see also:
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by Gaspar Noé, which is sure to make a splash in the Directors’ Fortnight.

Wild Bunch has also whipped out a slew of exciting announcements with the launch of pre-sales for Sorry We Missed You by the UK’s Ken Loach (set to be shot next autumn), Ahmed by Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (the story of a teenage boy who is radicalised and vows to kill one of his teachers), Roubaix, a Light by Arnaud Desplechin (starring Roschdy ZemAntoine Reinartz and Sara Forestier), It Must Be Heaven by and starring Palestinian director Elia Suleiman (the shoot for which has just kicked off; it features a plot that skips between Paris, New York and Lebanon) and The Truth About Catherine by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda (a French-language film starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche as a mother and daughter with a stormy relationship; the former is a famous actress whose real-life personality is completely different from her public image).

Also recently added to the firm’s slate are the French documentary Gogo by Pascal Plisson and two films in post-production: Inherit the Viper by Switzerland’s Anthony Jerjen (toplined by Josh Hartnett) and Rebelles by France’s Allan Mauduit (see the article – starring Cécile de FranceAudrey Lamy and Yolande Moreau).

Also worth mentioning are the market premieres of the animated film Dilili in Paris [+see also:
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by Michel Ocelot, which will open the upcoming Annecy Film Festival (11-16 June), I Feel Good [+see also:
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 by Benoît Delépine and Gustave KervernRaoul Taburin by Pierre Godeau (toplined by Benoît Poelvoorde and Edouard Baer), Bécassine! by Bruno Podalydès, and Nossa Chape by Jeff Zimbalist.

Wild Bunch will also be pressing ahead with pre-sales for the myriad other movies on its slate, such as the titles The Translators by Régis Roinsard (see the article), A Faithful Man by and starring Louis Garrel (who shares the screen with Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp), High Life by Claire DenisThe Quietude [+see also:
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 by Argentina’s Pablo TraperoGoliath by Sweden’s Peter GrönlundYao by Philippe Godeau (with a cast headed up by Omar Sy), Losing It by Audrey Diwan (see the article), The Factory by Russia’s Youri Bykov and Beats by Brian Welsh, all of which are in post-production. Standing out among the titles in pre-production is Addicted to Violence by Jean-François Sauvaire, while the slew of animated movies includes Where Is Anne Frank by Israel’s Ari FolmanFoxy Trotter by US director Chris Prynoski and The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily by Italy’s Lorenzo Mattotti (see the news), all at various stages of production.

Lastly, it is worth noting that Wild Bunch, via Insiders (in which it has a 45% stake), is also involved in the activities of US sales agent IMR International, whose Cannes line-up includes another hopeful for the Palme d’Or: Under the Silver Lake by the USA’s David Robert Mitchell.

(Translated from French)

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