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CANNES 2018 Market

French sales agents make their first flurry of announcements at Cannes

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- CANNES 2018: The Cannes Film Festival’s Film Market has got off to a flying start for Playtime, Luxbox, Celluloid Dreams, Memento and Pathé

French sales agents make their first flurry of announcements at Cannes
Director Bruno Dumont, who is currently preparing Jeanne

The French international sales agents have made a slew of announcements on the first day of the Film Market at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

Playtime has added Nothing to Hide by Fred Cavayé (see the article) to its line-up (see the news). The movie is currently in post-production and is a French remake of the Italian smash hit Perfect Strangers [+see also:
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 by Paolo Genovese, which gathers together a cast including Bérénice BejoSuzanne ClémentStéphane De Groodt, Vincent Elbaz, Grégory GadeboisDoria Tillier and Roschdy Zem

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Luxbox, which is pinning its hopes on Dear Son [+see also:
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 by Mohamed Ben Attia (set to be unveiled in the Directors’ Fortnight) and The Dead and the Others [+see also:
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 by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora (due to be screened in Un Certain Regard) at Cannes this year, has officially kicked off pre-sales for Jeanne by Bruno Dumont, the sequel to Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc [+see also:
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 (revealed in the Directors’ Fortnight last year and originally conceived for television). The movie is also based on Charles Péguy’s stage play Le Mystère de la charité de Jeanne d'Arc, but this time it will not be a musical comedy. It will be shot next summer, and production duties have been entrusted to Jean Bréhat for 3B Productions.

Celluloid Dreams, which has high hopes for the Palme d’Or contender Three Faces by Iran’s Jafar Panahi at Cannes, has added The Love Trilogy by Israel’s Yaron Shani (Ajami) to its line-up. The first instalment, Stripped, is nearing the end of post-production. Produced by Black Sheep Film Productions, the trilogy will be co-produced by Germany’s The Post Republic with backing from the Israel Film Fund, YES and ZDF/Arte

Memento Films International (see the line-up news) has announced the start of pre-sales for Wild Goose Lake by China’s Diao Yi’nan (Golden Bear at Berlin in 2014 for Black Coal), which is being co-produced by Memento Films Production and Arte France Cinéma. Starring Hu GeTang WeiLiao Fan (who snagged the Best Actor Award at Berlin for Black Coal) and Kwei Lun-Mei, the film will tell the story of a thief at the centre of a manhunt and his desperate struggle for redemption.

Sales are also getting under way, via Pathé International, for The Wolf’s Call (see the article) by Antonin Baudry, which is presently in post-production, and stars François CivilOmar SyMathieu KassovitzReda Kateb and Germany’s Paula Beer. The French company also has Benedetta on its line-up, among others. The film is being staged by SBS, and Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (Elle [+see also:
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) will shoot it in France this summer, with Belgium’s Virginie Efira, her fellow countrywoman (of Greek heritage) Daphné Patakia (Djam [+see also:
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), British actress Charlotte Rampling and France’s Lambert Wilson among the cast.

(Translated from French)

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