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CANNES 2018 Market

Wild Bunch nabs the top spot on the Cannes winners’ lists

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- CANNES 2018: Vincent Maraval’s team has pocketed four awards, thus outperforming mk2 Films, Celluloid Dreams, Pyramide International, Charades, Luxbox and Doc & Film

Wild Bunch nabs the top spot on the Cannes winners’ lists
The Image Book by Jean-Luc Godard

For international sales agents, the awards handed out at the Cannes Film Festival are like gold dust (or the practical equivalent in euros and dollars) and offer the prospect of further expanding the cluster of distributors ready and willing to acquire titles that have successfully endured the critical and public baptism of fire on the Croisette. And in this regard, Wild Bunch has once again made its mark, towering above the other French sales agents on the list of the prizes handed out at the 71st edition of the event.

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Indeed, the team managed by Vincent Maraval and led by head of sales Eva Diederix has been singled out via the Palme d’Or bestowed upon Shoplifters by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, the Special Palme d’Or for The Image Book [+see also:
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 by Switzerland’s Jean-Luc Godard and the Jury Prize for Capharnaüm [+see also:
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 by Lebanon’s Nadine Labaki (which was also crowned with the Ecumenical Jury Award). Not content with this impressive hat trick, the firm also added the Art Cinema Award that went to Climax [+see also:
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 by Gaspar Noé in the Directors’ Fortnight.

Three trophies wound up in mk2 films’ pocket, with the Best Director Award snagged by Cold War [+see also:
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 by Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski, the SACD Prize scooped in the Directors’ Fortnight by The Trouble With You [+see also:
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 by Pierre Salvadori and the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution obtained by Sir [+see also:
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 by India’s Rohena Gera in the Critics’ Week.

Celluloid Dreams also earned a place on the winners’ list in the official selection with the Best Screenplay Award picked up by Three Faces by Iran’s Jafar Panahi.

Pyramide International held its own with the Best Director Award handed to Ukraine’s Sergei Loznitsa for Donbass [+see also:
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 in Un Certain Regard and the Rising Star Award that hailed the performance of actor Félix Maritaud in Sauvage [+see also:
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 by Camille Vidal-Naquet in the Critics’ Week.

Charades also went home from the Croisette with a highly respectable trophy: the Critics’ Week Grand Prize that went to Diamantino [+see also:
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by Portugal’s Gabriel Abrantes and the USA’s Daniel Schmidt.

One title being sold by Luxbox, the documentary The Dead and the Others [+see also:
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by Portugal’s João Salaviza and Brazil’s Renée Nader Messora, features on the Un Certain Regard winners’ list, having taken the Special Jury Prize.

Lastly, Doc & Film International has Samouni Road [+see also:
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by Italy’s Stefano Savona on its line-up, which bagged the Golden Eye Award, serving to single out the best documentary screened at Cannes. This same award also earned To the Four Winds [+see also:
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 by Michel Toesca, which is being sold by Jour2Fête, a Special Mention.

Also worth mentioning are the results of French group Playtime’s two subsidiaries: Germany’s Films Boutique with Border [+see also:
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by Denmark’s Ali Abbasi (winner of the Un Certain Regard Award) and One Day [+see also:
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by Hungary’s Zsófia Szilágyi (FIPRESCI Prize in the parallel sections), and Belgium’s Be For Films (Best Screenplay Award in the Un Certain Regard selection for Sofia [+see also:
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by Meryem Benm’Barek).

(Translated from French)

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