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BERLINALE 2014 Market / France

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Gaumont’s 20-strong EFM line-up


- Diplomacy, When Animals Dream, The Gate and Samba are among the company’s wide-ranging catalogue of films; it is also in talks with many distributors

Gaumont’s 20-strong EFM line-up
Diplomacy by Volker Schlöndorff

With no fewer than 20 titles in its line-up, it’s full steam ahead for Gaumont’s international sales division at the European Film Market at the 64th Berlinale. One movie in official selection, the Franco-German co-production Diplomacy [+see also:
film profile
by Volker Schlöndorff (read the article), will have its world premiere on Wednesday at a special gala screening.

The promo-reel screening organised on the first day of the market has already done the trick for the Danish thriller in post-production When Animals Dream by Jonas Arnby, which was pre-bought by the United States (via Radius-TWC), the UK (Altitude Film), Germany (Prokino), Greece (Odeon) and Australia (Madman).

Standing out among the new works in the line-up are three French movies that are currently being filmed: the historical drama The Gate by Régis Wargnier (starring Raphaël Personnaz and Olivier Gourmet – read the interview with producer Jean Cottin), Through The Air [+see also:
film profile
by Fred Grivois (read the article – with Reda Kateb, Ludivine Sagnier and Johan Heldenbergh) and Coming In by Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare (a comedy about a gay man who, to his great surprise, is tempted to become heterosexual, starring Pio Marmaï and Franck Gastambide). Also added to the line-up is the comedy in post-production The Grad Job by Antoine Blossier,which is about a group of youngsters who try to steal the topics for their final high-school exams.

Among the post-production film sales based on the promo reel, Cécile Gaget and Yohann Comte’s team is also working on Gemma Bovery by Anne Fontaine (produced by ciné@ and Albertine Productions, and adapted from the eponymous graphic novel by Posy Simmonds; it stars British actress Gemma Arterton and French actor Fabrice Luchini), Breathe by Mélanie Laurent (read the article) and the Korean feature The Target (a remake of the French thriller Point Blank).

Also in post-production are Samba by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (the directors of The Intouchables [+see also:
film review
film profile
), with its first-class cast (consisting of Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim and Izia Higelin read the article), as well as the “biopic thriller” La French by Cédric Jimenez (starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Benoît Magimel and Céline Sallette – read the article) and My Summer in Provence by Rose Bosch (which will be released in France on 2 April and sees Jean Reno heading up the cast). Also of note is the 3D animated movie Ballerina by Eric Warin and Eric Summer, which is currently in production.

Lastly, among the market screenings in Berlin, Gaumont presented the thriller Mea Culpa [+see also:
film profile
by Fred Cavayé and Benjamin Guedj’s comedy about adolescence, Nice and Easy (see news).

(Translated from French)

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