Elle Driver makes its way to the Croisette with Standing Tall
by Fabien Lemercier
- Sales are in sight with Emmanuelle Bercot’s movie, the opening film of the Cannes Festival, The Fourth Direction in Un Certain Regard and Dégradé in the Critics’ Week
The major festivals appear remarkably similar year after year for Paris-based international sales agent Elle Driver, which regularly manages to slot titles from its slate into the various selections of the most noteworthy events all around the globe. And the 68th Cannes Film Festival, which will get under way in two days’ time, will be no exception, as the team headed by Adeline Fontan Tessaur and Eva Diederix will be negotiating deals for three features included in the showcase at the Film Market, including Standing Tall [+see also:
interview: Emmanuelle Bercot
film profile] by Emmanuelle Bercot (read the article – starring Rod Paradot, Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel and Sara Forestier), which will open the Official Selection out of competition on Wednesday and which is making the most of an enthusiastic buzz.
Also standing out on Elle Driver’s line-up are The Fourth Direction by Indian director Gurvinder Singh (co-produced by French outfit CDP - Catherine Dussart Production), which will be unveiled in Un Certain Regard, and Dégradé [+see also:
film profile] by Arab and Tarzan Abunasser (produced by Les Films du Tambour and Made in Palestine Project, co-produced by Mille et Une Films, Full House and Abbout Productions), which will have its world premiere in competition in the Critics’ Week.
In terms of pre-sales, the firm has two titles in post-production: Jailbird [+see also:
film profile] by Audrey Estrougo (read the article – in post-production with a cast including Sophie Marceau, Canadian actress Suzanne Clément and Alice Belaïdi) and the environmental documentary Tomorrow by Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion, which explores a number of new solutions for sustainable development in several countries and is due to be screened at the World Climate Summit being organised in Paris next September.
Lastly, Elle Driver will be kicking off pre-sales for two titles in production: Being Seventeen [+see also:
Q&A: André Téchiné
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
film profile] by French director André Téchiné (read the article) and Sierra Nevada [+see also:
Q&A: Cristi Puiu
film profile] by Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu.
(Translated from French)