French vendors hit the Croisette in great numbers
by Fabien Lemercier
- Present in the festival’s various selections, French international sales companies get to the Marché with big ambitions
Noted for their great dynamism and open to films from around the world, the many French international sales companies, which will be playing with a home advantage on the Croisette, will be getting busy at the Marché du Film of the 67th Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow.
Worth reminding that Cineuropa has already presented the line-ups by Pyramide International (read the Eric Lagesse interview), Wild Bunch (article), Films Distribution (article), Le Pacte (news), Pathé International (news), Memento International (article), MK2 International (news), Les Films du Losange (article), Bac Films (news), Coproduction Office (article), SND (news), Versatile (news), Funny Ballons (news), Alfama Films (news) and Alpha Violet (news). The following is a brief overview of the other companies.
EuropaCorp counts in its prestigious line-up two candidates for the Plame d’Or, Saint-Laurent [+see also:
Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
film profile] by French Bertrand Bonello and The Homesman by American Tommy Lee Jones.
Gaumont will especially be counting on the participation of two of its films selected for Critics’ Week (When Animals Dream [+see also:
interview: Jonas Alexander Arnby
film profile] by Danish Jonas Alexander Arnby in competition and Respire [+see also:
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile] by Mélanie Laurent, which will have a special screening) and Korean film The Target (official selection with a midnight screening).
Elle Driver holds In the Name of My Daughter [+see also:
film profile] by French André Téchiné (official out-of-competition selection) and FLA [+see also:
film profile]by French Djinn Carrenard, which will open Critics’ Week. As for presales, the Parisian company will especially be showcasing two films by Benoît Jacquot (Trois coeurs in post-production and Le journal d'une femme de chambre being worked on in June starring Léa Seydoux), as well as Standing Tall by Emmanuelle Bercot (filming scheduled for next summer starring Catherine Deneuve) and Nobody Wants The Night by Isabel Coixet (for which filming will shortly start with Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi and Gabriel Byrne - news).
Doc & Films International will be selling documentaries National Gallery [+see also:
film profile] by Frederick Wiseman (in its international premiere during Directors’ Fortnight) and Silvered Water, Syria Selfportrait by Ossama Mohammed (production Les Films d'Ici & Proaction Film), which will be presented in a special screening within the official selection.
Other Angle Pictures’s aim is to do good business with two selected films in the Certain Regard section: The Misunderstood [+see also:
film profile] by Italian Asia Argento and Lovely Girl by Israeli Keren Yedaya.
Rezo will be taking care of documentary Les gens du monde by Yves Jeuland (special screening in the official selection and will reveal Maestro by Lea Fazer to the global market. It will also be preselling three films in post-production: Two Women by Vera Gagoleva (with Raph Fiennes in the cast), Wednesday 04:45 by Alexis Alexiou and Einstein in Guanajuato by Peter Greenaway.
Urban Distribution International (UDI) has bet on The Owners by Kazakh Adilkhan Yerzhanov (special screening in the official selection), while Celluloid Dreams will sell Australian These Final Hours (in its international premiere during Directors’ Fortnight) and will screen as its market debut Closer to the Moon [+see also:
film profile] by Romanian Nae Caranfil, while it will presell – among others – Swedish film in post-production In Your Arms by Samanou Sahlstrom.
StudioCanal will be behind Elle l'adore by Jeanne Herry and a number of films to come, including one by Stephen Frears on Lance Amstrong, Macbeth by Justin Kurzel (with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard), Our Kind of Traitor by Susanna White (based on John Le Carré with Ewan McGregor) and El niño by Daniel Monzon.
Other Croisette French vendors one cannot ignore are Kinology (article), TF1 International (which is preselling Boomerang [+see also:
film profile] by François Favrat – read the article – and will screen French box-office champion Serial (Bad) Weddings [+see also:
film profile]), Premium Films (with market debut for The Judgement by Stefan Komandarev), Indie Sales (news), New Morning Films (which has added to its line-up Letter to the King [+see also:
film profile] by Hisham Zaman and Polish films Little Crushes and Minkowski Saga), Reel Suspects, newcomer Be for Films and Wide Management (with a number of market debuts including La mante religieuse by Nathalie Saracco and The Man In The Orange Jacket [+see also:
interview: Aik Karapetian
interview: Roberts Vinovskis
film profile] by Aik Karapetian).
(Translated from French)