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CANNES 2018 Market

The veil lifts on the upcoming films by Olivier Assayas and Ari Folman

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- CANNES 2018: Wasp Network and The Horse Boy liven things up at the Film Market for CG Cinéma, Gaumont and Full House; Bac Films and Haut et Court have also made announcements

The veil lifts on the upcoming films by Olivier Assayas and Ari Folman
Directors Olivier Assayas and Ari Folman

The announcements keep coming at the Film Market of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, which got under way yesterday – particularly with Wasp Network, which will mark the reunion between Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramirez and French filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria [+see also:
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interview: Olivier Assayas
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Personal Shopper [+see also:
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interview: Olivier Assayas
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Non Fiction, which is now in post-production), who previously teamed up on Carlos [+see also:
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. Chile’s Pedro Pascal (Narcos) is also among the cast. The story, written by the director and based on the book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five by Brazil’s Fernando Morais, revolves around a number of Cuban spies who find themselves embroiled in a terrorist network in Florida. Production duties will be handled by Brazil’s RT Pictures and France’s CG Cinéma (which is in a very strong position on the Croisette this year with Knife + Heart [+see also:
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 by Yann Gonzalez in competition and Long Day’s Journey into Night [+see also:
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 by China’s Bi Gan in Un Certain Regard).

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Gaumont has added The Horse Boy to its international sales line-up: the fiction feature shot in the English language will be filmed from October onwards by Israel’s Ari Folman (famous for his animated films Waltz with Bashir [+see also:
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 and The Congress [+see also:
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), and will be toplined by France’s Léa Seydoux and Swedish-American actor Joel Kinnaman. It is an adaptation of the story of the same name by the UK’s Rupert Isaacson, which depicts a Texan father and his quest to find a cure for his autistic son, even venturing as far as Mongolia. The film will be staged by the Paris-based label Full House (Didar DomehriLaurent Baudens and Gaël Nouaille), a partnership between Maneki Films (in competition at Cannes this year with Girls of the Sun [+see also:
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) and Borsalino Productions. Belgium’s Beluga Tree is also on board as a producer. Among the co-producers are France 2 CinémaZentropa SwedenPie Films, Proximus and Monte Rosso Production, in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute and Film i Vast.

Bac Films has announced the addition of the Danish movie Wildland to its slate (for international sales and French distribution). The feature debut by Jeanette Nordahl will boast Sidse Babett Knudsen (BorgenCourted [+see also:
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) in the lead role and features a story about a mafia family that was penned by Ingeborg Topsoe (The Charmer [+see also:
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). The movie will be produced by Snowglobe.

Lastly, Parisian production outfit Haut et Court has revealed that Belgium’s Yolande Moreau and France’s Agnès Jaoui will play the lead roles in Harmonie, the second feature by Zoltán Mayer (Voyage en Chine [+see also:
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), which will chronicle the deeply moving reunion between two sisters after spending 35 years apart.

(Translated from French)

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