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CANNES 2015 Market/France

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A majestic line-up for StudioCanal

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- Mon Roi and Macbeth are in the running for the Palme d'Or; there are also six market premieres and myriad titles in the pipeline

A majestic line-up for StudioCanal
Mon Roi by Maïwenn

Having become a force to be reckoned with on the European level and entered the league of the global heavyweights thanks to its gigantic catalogue, its commitment to co-producing high-calibre projects and its distribution subsidiaries (in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand), French group StudioCanal will be arriving at the Film Market of the 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May 2015) with some big ambitions for its international sales team.

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Towering above the other titles on its slate are two films selected in official competition: Mon roi [+see also:
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by French director Maïwenn (read the news) and the majority British production Macbeth [+see also:
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by Australia’s Justin Kurzel (read the article – starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard).

At Cannes, StudioCanal will also be launching pre-sales for Early Man by British director Nick Park, the second animated film to be co-funded by the French group with English company Aardman Studios, following an initial, fruitful collaboration with Shaun the Sheep [+see also:
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The sales team headed by Anna Marsh will also be pinning its hopes on a raft of market premieres, with the documentary The Emperor's New Clothes by British director Michael Winterbottom, the romantic comedy Man Up [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman Ben Palmer and four French productions: Microbe & Gasoline by Michel Gondry (read the article), Family to Rent [+see also:
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by Jean-Pierre Améris (read the article – released in France on 19 August), the animated film April and the Extraordinary World by Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares (read the news – with a graphic universe created by Jacques Tardi – released in France on 11 November), and Le talent de mes amis by Axel Lutz (in theatres since last week in France).

The selection of films in post-production is also very well stocked, with the British gangster movie Legend [+see also:
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by US director Brian Helgeland (starring Tom Hardy and Emily Browning), A War [+see also:
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interview: Tobias Lindholm
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by Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm (read the article), the English-language psychological thriller A Bigger Splash [+see also:
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interview: Luca Guadagnino
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 by Italy’s Luca Guadagnino (with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson and Corrado Guzzanti among the cast), the family feature Heidi [+see also:
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by German director Alain Gsponer (starring Swiss actor Bruno Ganz and Annuk Steffen), Down by Love [+see also:
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by French filmmaker Pierre Godeau (read the article – starring Guillaume Gallienne and Adèle Exarchopoulos), the British spy movie Our Kind of Traitor [+see also:
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by Susanna White (based on a John le Carré novel, starring Ewan Mcgregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis and Naomie Harris), the Franco-British-US action-thriller Bastille Day [+see also:
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by James Watkins (toplined by Idris Elba), the mysterious The Program by Stephen Frears (based on the career of cyclist Lance Armstrong – released in France on 23 September) and the US drama We Are Your Friends by Max Joseph (starring Zac Efron).

StudioCanal’s line-up also includes, among others, English director James Marsh’s as-yet untitled project in pre-production, about an amateur yachtsman attempting to win the first solo race around the world in 1968 (with Colin Firth in the lead role), and the 3D animated film Robinson Crusoe by Belgian filmmaker Ben Staessen, currently in production.

Lastly of note are StudioCanal’s restored versions of The Third Man by Carol Reed and Ran by Akira Kurosawa, which will be screened in the Cannes Classics programme.

(Translated from French)

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