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CANNES 2013 Markets/France

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Tidal wave of films and projects from French companies

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- Negotiating for titles produced all over the world, the very dynamic French international vendors are unfurling on the Croisette

Tidal wave of films and projects from French companies

Playing on their home turf at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, which starts tomorrow, the very high number of French international sales companies are ready to rock the Film Market by surfing on a tidal wave of titles showcased in the various selections on the Croisette (including 14 of the 20 titles competing for the Palme d’Or), many feature films either completed, in production or post-production, not forgetting projects already announced or on the verge of being so. 

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The main line-ups already presented on Cineuropa include those of Films Distribution (article), Memento Films International (article, - to which should be added Louder Than Bomb by Joachim Trier with Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne), Les Films du Losange (Agathe Valentin interview), Le Pacte (article), Pyramide (news), MK2 (article), Doc & Film International (news), Alfama Films (article), Celluloid Dreams (news), Alpha Violet (news), Urban Distribution International (news), Bac Films (news), SND (article), Pathé International (news) and Wild Bunch (article).

The Market also portends good deals for Rezo (notably with Tip Top [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Serge Bozon
festival scope
film profile
]
by Serge Bozon in the Directors’ Fortnight), Gaumont (who will bet amongst others on Only God Forgives [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Nicolas Winding Refn
film profile
]
 by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn – sales shared with Wild Bunch – in competition, and Me Myself and Mum [+see also:
film review
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
 by Guillaume Gallienne in the Directors’ Fortnight), Cité Films (with Miele [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Valeria Golino
interview: Valeria Golino
festival scope
film profile
]
 by Italian director Valeria Golino, showcased in Un Certain Regard) and Elle Driver (with Grand Central [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
 by Rebecca Zlotowki also in Un Certain Regard, the Indian film Ugly in the Directors’ Fortnight and the next films by Téchiné and Jacquot).

StudioCanal will also be in the running with its contender Inside Llewyn Davis by the Coen brothers and its many film projects, as well as production and post-production titles, including El Nino by Daniel Monzon, Non stop by Jaume Collet-Serra, The House of Magic by Ben Stassen, Serena by Susanne Bier, Mindscape by Jorge Dorado, The Two Faces of January by Hossein Amini, Casse-tête chinois by Cédric Klapisch, the animated film Shaun The Sheep (with Studios Aardman), The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Swedish director Felix Herngren, The Gunman [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
by Pierre Morel with Sean Penn, and Macbeth by Justin Kuzel, starring Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.

It is also worth noting TF1 International (with Suite française [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
 by Saul Dibb and Avant l’hiver by Philippe Claudel, amongst others), Other Angle Pictures (Son épouse by Michel Spinosa and Le dernier diamant by Eric Barbier), EuropaCorp (especially with The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones, Brick Mansions by Camille Delamarre, Malavita by Luc Besson and Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello) and Kinology (Une autre vie by Emmanuel Mouret and Un homme à part by François Dupeyron). 

Also in the starting-blocks, Wide House (with the documentary Ain’t Misbehavin [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Marcel Ophüls in the Directors’ Fortnight), MPM FilmPremium FilmsRendez-Vous Pictures (A Stranger), Funny Balloons, Ramonda Inc, Reel Suspects (premiere for Love Eternal by Brendan Muldowney), Insomnia World Sales and Coproduction Office.

This edition of the Film Market will also witness the arrival of a new French international sales company: Versatile. Managed by Pape Boye and Violaine Pichon, the company’s line-up notably features Blind by Norwegian director Eskil Vogt, the Filipino movie Death March, which will be unveiled in Un Certain Regard, and the Russian feature film Otdat Konci in a special screening. 

(Translated from French)

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