34 premieres at Rendez-vous with French Cinema
by Fabien Lemercier
10/01/2012 - Looking ahead to the Rotterdam and Berlin festivals in order to strike some good deals: this is the aim of the 450 international distributors who will meet tomorrow in Paris for the 14th Rendez-vous with French Cinema organised by Unifrance from January 11-16. And the market won’t be lacking in opportunities with the screenings of 71 films (including 34 previously unreleased titles). At the same time, promotion will be in full swing at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental with 130 journalists from 25 countries who will attend Europe’s biggest press junket and meet the artists behind the French features to be released worldwide this year.
Among the most noteworthy premieres, Films Distribution will unveil Lucas Belvaux’s 38 Witnesses [trailer] (see news) which will open the upcoming Rotterdam Film Festival, and Cédric Jimenez’s Paris Under Watch [trailer] (see news) and Laura Morante’s La Cerise Sur Le Gâteau [trailer] (“The Cherry on the Cake”).
Les Films du Losange will show Tony Gatlif’s Indignados [trailer] (see news) ahead of its screening in the Panorama section at the Berlinale and Emily Atef’s Kill Me [trailer], while Memento will organise the world premiere of Safy Nebbou’s Bad Seeds (see news).
Wild Bunch will show Virginie Despentes’s Bye Bye Blondie (see news), Jacques Maillot’s Blood From a Stone (see news) and The Players, a film made up of sketches by Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche and Emmanuelle Bercot.
Le Pacte will screen Damien Odoul’s The Rest of the World, which has been selected at Rotterdam, while Doc & Film International will unveil Stan Neumann’s The Stargazer (see news) and Wide Management will unspool Estelle Larivaz’s Pet Paradise (see news).
Pyramide will be counting on success with Jean-Pierre Denis’s Here Below (see news), Pathé International with Louis Becker’s Sunday Dads (see news), SND with Sophie Lellouche’s Paris-Manhattan, MK2 with Jonathan Zaccaï’s Play It Like Godard (see news) and Rezo with Jean-François Laguionie’s animated film Le Tableau (“The Painting”). Also in the line-up are Philippe Lefèvre’s thriller Paris By Night and Eric Guirado’s Greed (see news) for TF1 International, as well as the world premieres of the comedies Would I Lie To You? 3 by Thomas Gilou and Radiostars by Romain Levy (both sold by Other Angle Pictures).
All the French sellers (including Celluloid Dreams, StudioCanal, Gaumont, Elle Driver, etc.) will obviously be in attendance in Paris where pre-acquisitions for all the abundant French line-ups will be negotiated. Standing out among them are forthcoming titles by Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone), Valérie Donzelli (Hand in Hand), Xavier Giannoli (Superstar), Benoît Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen), Olivier Assayas (Something in the Air) and Laurent Cantet (Foxfire), among others.
(Translated from French)