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CANNES 2015 Market/France

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French sales agents looking to catch the best wave

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- We focus on the incredibly varied line-ups of the French international sales agents that have turned out in strength for their date at the Cannes Film Market

French sales agents looking to catch the best wave
Dheepan by Jacques Audiard

Playing at home at the Film Market of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, which gets under way today, the French international sales agents are all set to once again show off their exceptional dynamism and their openness to other film industries all around the world. For the record, Cineuropa has already presented the slates of Wild Bunch (read the article), StudioCanal (article), Pathé International (article), Gaumont (news), Films Distribution (article), Memento Films International (article), MK2 International (news), Pyramide (article), Doc & Film International (news), Le Pacte (article), Elle Driver (article), Les Films du Losange (article), UDI (news), Reel Suspects (news) and Indie Sales (read the interview with Nicolas Eschbach).

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Celluloid Dreams is selling a title in competition, Dheepan [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
Q&A: Jacques Audiard
film profile
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by French director Jacques Audiard (sales shared with Wild Bunch), and Much Loved [+see also:
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by Nabil Ayouch (produced by Paris-based outfit Les Films du Nouveau Monde and co-produced by Morocco), which will have its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight. Also featuring on the line-up are the market premiere of Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano, and pre-sales for the animated project The Swallows of Kabul by Zabou Breitman (based on the novel by Yasmina Khadra) and for the title in post-production La femme de la plaque argentique [+see also:
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by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (toplined by French actor Tahar Rahim).

Kinology is selling Mustang [+see also:
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interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile
]
by Turkey’s Deniz Gamze Ergüven (executive-produced by French company CG Cinéma with Turkey, Germany and Qatar), which will also be unveiled in the Directors’ Fortnight. The slate also includes the market premieres of Un moment d'égarement [+see also:
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by Jean-François Richet, Caprice [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Mouret, Mune [+see also:
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by Benoît Philippon and Alexandre Heboyan, Hurricane 3D by Cyril Barbançon, Moonwalkers [+see also:
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 by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, and Nos femmes [+see also:
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by Richard Berry.

Versatile is selling Paulina [+see also:
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by Argentinean director Santiago Mitre (co-produced by French outfit Full House), in competition in the Critics’ Week, and will kick off pre-sales for Sparrows [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
film profile
]
 by Icelandic director Runar Runarsson (a film in post-production), among others. 

Wide Management is selling Panama [+see also:
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by Serbian director Pavle Vuckovic (read the article), which will be presented at an Official Selection Special Screening, and two titles being showcased in the ACID programme: Vanity [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Lionel Baier
film profile
]
 by Swiss director Lionel Baier and Cosmodrama by France’s Philippe Fernandez. Also of note on its well-stocked line-up (read the news) is My Skinny Sister [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Sanna Lenken
film profile
]
by Swedish filmmaker Sanna Lenken, in Cannes Juniors.

TF1 International is selling Macadam Stories [+see also:
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by Samuel Benchetrit (read the article – starring Isabelle Huppert), which will be unveiled at an Official Selection Special Screening. Pre-sales will also be getting under way for two movies in post-production: the offbeat comedy Babysitting 2 [+see also:
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(All Gone South) by French duo Philippe Lacheau and Nicolas Benamou, and the Canadian feature Two Lovers and a Bear by Kim Nguyen.

Alpha Violet is selling the Franco-Polish co-production Raging Rose [+see also:
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by Julia Kowalski (read the article – a world premiere on the Croisette, within the alternative ACID programme) and will continue working on the rest of its line-up (see the news), in particular by launching pre-sales for Luxembourg, the second feature by Myroslav Slaboshspytskiy (The Tribe [+see also:
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).

Bac Films, which will unveil The Assistant [+see also:
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by Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri (read the article) and Musical Chairs by Marie Belhomme (read the article – selected in the Cannes Junior programme) at the market, will carry on pre-selling Taj Mahal [+see also:
film review
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interview: Nicolas Saada
film profile
]
 by Nicolas Saada and the political thriller The Great Game by Nicolas Pariser based on promo reels, and Full Contact [+see also:
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]
 by Dutch director David Verbeek based on a teaser.

Alfama Films will be relying on the market premieres of Cosmos [+see also:
film review
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interview: Victória Guerra
film profile
]
by Polish director Andrzej Zulawski (read the article), Fou d'amour [+see also:
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]
by Philippe Ramos and An Outpost of Progress by Hugo Vieira da Silva; it will also be pre-selling Jeunesse [+see also:
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by Julien Samani (adapted from a short story by Joseph Conrad, the shoot for which has just wrapped, with Kevin Azaïs among the cast), His Body by Benoît Jacquot (loosely based on a novel by Don DeLillo and set to star Mathieu Amalric) and The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez [+see also:
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]
by Wim Wenders (starring Reda Kateb – based on Peter Handke), which are in pre-production, in addition to a number of projects in development: Le divan de Staline by Fanny Ardant (starring Gérard Depardieu), Tropico by Giada Colagrande (with a screenplay by Barry Gifford – starring Willem Dafoe and Irène Jacob) and The Skating Rink by Valeria Sarmiento.

EuropaCorp will be pre-selling, among others, two films that it is producing: the comedy in pre-production Nine Lives by Barry Sonnenfeld (starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken) and the action-thriller The Lake by Steven Quale (with a screenplay co-penned by Luc Besson), which is currently being shot.

Also set to be buzzing with activity at the Cannes Film Market are several other French sales agents, such as SND, Coproduction Office, Funny Balloons, Rezo Films, Premium Films, Pascale Ramonda and New Morning Films, which has added A Sailor's Tale by Polish director Marcin Latallo (in post-production), the British feature Creditors [+see also:
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by Ben Cura and the US-Danish co-production Everything's Gonna Be Pink by Roni Ezra to its slate, among other titles.

(Translated from French)

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