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CANNES 2018 Market

The Match Factory presenting nine films at Cannes

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- The German sales agent is bringing a motley crew of dreamers, dancers, monsters and thieves to the Croisette

The Match Factory presenting nine films at Cannes
Happy as Lazzaro by Alice Rohrwacher

German sales agent The Match Factory has turned up at the Cannes Film Festival clutching a strong line-up that includes two films in competition, three movies that will premiere in Un Certain Regard and three pictures in the Directors’ Fortnight. Among the Palme d’Or contenders is Alice Rohrwacher’s (The Wonders [+see also:
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) fantastic tale Happy as Lazzaro [+see also:
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, about an unusual friendship and a well-orchestrated kidnapping. Staged as a co-production between Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland, the film stars Adriano TardioloAgnese Graziani and Alba Rohrwacher. Another competition title is the intense drama Ayka [+see also:
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 by Russian writer-director Sergey Dvortsevoy (Tulpan [+see also:
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), about a young woman who gives birth to a child but has neither money nor a place to stay.

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In the German Un Certain Regard flick In My Room [+see also:
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by writer-director Ulrich Köhler (Bungalow, Sleeping Sickness [+see also:
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), the life of a bored freelance forty-something takes a dramatic turn when his beloved grandmother starts dying. The next morning, mankind has disappeared. For years, he has to deal with life on a quiet Earth until he meets a woman. In the Belgian drama Girl [+see also:
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by writer-director Lukas Dhont (Corps perdu), a 15-year-old is committed to becoming a professional ballerina, but her body does not comply so easily with the strict training regime, because she was born a boy. Meanwhile, the Argentinian mystery-thriller Murder Me, Monster [+see also:
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by writer-director Alejandro Fadel (The Wild Ones [+see also:
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) kicks off as a headless woman’s body is found in a remote region. When the prime suspect is sent to a mental hospital, he blames the crime on the appearance of a “monster”.

Another Argentinian title is being presented in the Directors’ Fortnight. The drama The Snatch Thief by Agustín Toscano (Los dueños) is about a moped-riding robber who feels guilty after he badly injures an old woman. In Lucia’s Grace [+see also:
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 by Italian writer-director Gianni Zanasi (Nella mischia), a working mother has trouble striking the right balance between her daughter, a complicated romance and work until a mysterious woman appears in her life. Also, Italian writer-director Marco Bellocchio (Sweet Dreams [+see also:
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, Sorelle Mai [+see also:
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) is showing the short La Lotta, about a partisan who escapes the Nazis by diving into a river, in the Directors’ Fortnight.

Furthermore, The Match Factory is presenting the Cannes Classics movie Bergman – A Year in a Life [+see also:
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by Jane Magnusson (Trespassing Bergman), about the legendary titular Swedish filmmaker.

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