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CANNES 2014 Market/France

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Pathé International plays its trump cards

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- Surfacing among the Cannes line-up are Pride, which will close the Fortnight, Youth by Paolo Sorrentino, and L'attesa, starring Juliette Binoche

Pathé International plays its trump cards
Paolo Sorrentino

With a showcase including the British political comedy Pride [+see also:
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by Matthew Warchus, which is to close the Directors’ Fortnight, the international sales team at French group Pathé will be pinning its hopes on a stunning line-up of 15 titles at the Marché du Film of the 67th Cannes Festival (14-25 May 2014).

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Standing particularly tall among these films is Youth by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, a movie in pre-production that will be shot in English. Produced by Indigo Films and co-produced by Bis Films, Pathé, C-Films and Number 9 Films, it will star Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano. Written by the director himself, the story revolves around two near-octogenarian friends who are spending their holidays in a hotel at the foot of the Alps: the retired composer and conductor Fred, and the still-active filmmaker Mick. Realising that their days are numbered, they face up to the future and observe what’s around them with a certain curiosity and tenderness, with Mick hurrying to finish off writing a screenplay, while Fred no longer has the slightest intention of continuing with his art. But there is somebody who doesn’t share that view...

The Pathé International team headed by Muriel Sauzay will also be on the Croisette to kick off pre-sales for another Indigo Films production: L'attesa by Piero Messina. With a provisional cast that includes Juliette Binoche and Giorgio Colangeli, the project, which is at the pre-production stage, will recount the misadventures of a woman who spends her days in the solitude of her Sicilian villa, until a stranger appears out of the blue claiming to be the girlfriend of her son, whom they wait for together but who is yet to come home...

Also featuring in the line-up are the documentary Seasons [+see also:
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by French duo Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (Winged Migration, Océans [+see also:
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), which is currently in production, and five titles in post-production: the British feature Suffragette [+see also:
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by Sarah Gavron (starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter, Brendan Gleeson and Meryl Streep, among others – read the news – already pre-sold to around ten territories), the 3D adventure comedy Evolution Man by Jamel Debbouze (an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Roy Lewis - production headed by Pathé and Boréales), the thriller Nobody from Nowhere by Matthieu Delaporte (with a screenplay co-written with his partner from the successful Le Prénom [+see also:
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, and starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Marie-Josée Croze), Invisible Boy by Italy’s Gabriele Salvatores (read the article) and Paradise Lost by Andrea di Stefano (read the news).

Several market screenings are also planned, including the Berlinale competitor Two Men In Town [+see also:
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by Rachid Bouchareb; Dany Boon’s comedy, Supercondriac [+see also:
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; the melodrama The Finishers [+see also:
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by Nils Tavernier; the romance Quantum Love [+see also:
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by Lisa Azuelos; Fasten Your Seatbelts [+see also:
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by Italian director Ferzan Ozpetek; and the remastered version of Wooden Crosses by Raymond Bernard, which will be presented in the Cannes Classics section.

(Translated from French)

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