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A flurry of announcements from the Croisette

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- CANNES 2015: Projects with star-studded casts and fresh announcements for Kinology, Funny Ballons, Pyramide, EuropaCorp, Gaumont, Le Pacte and Wild Bunch

A flurry of announcements from the Croisette
Natalie Portman, pictured yesterday at Cannes, will star in the new film by Rebecca Zlotowski

The Film Market of the 68th Festival de Cannes has got off to a great start, with the French international sales agents in particular having whipped out a number of new announcements. Following an initial wave just before the opening (read the news), a new flurry has now been made public. Here is a brief summary.

Kinology has launched pre-sales for Planetarium [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
, which will be the third feature by Rebecca Zlotowski, following Belle Epine [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(unveiled in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010 and winner of the Louis Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film in 2011) and Grand Central [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
(selected on the Croisette in 2013, in Un Certain Regard). The cast includes Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp (the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis). The screenplay is co-written by the director and Robin Campillo (who co-penned such movies as Time Out, Heading South [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Laurent Cantet
interview: Robin Campillo
interview: Simon Arnal-Szlovak
film profile
]
and The Class [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carole Scotta
interview: Laurent Cantet
film profile
]
by Laurent Cantet, and who directed They Came Back and Eastern Boys [+see also:
trailer
interview: Robin Campillo
festival scope
film profile
]
), and will unfold in 1930s France. Produced by Les Films Velvet, the feature is already benefiting from the support of the CNC’s advance on receipts. The shoot will begin in September, and distribution in France will be handled by Ad Vitam

Funny Balloons is selling and co-producing Neruda [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Pablo Larrain, which will star Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal. Produced by Chile, the film, which will commence production in June, is also co-produced by Spain, among other countries.

EuropaCorp has begun pre-sales for and is co-producing Escobar, a biopic directed by Fernando León de Aranoa, focusing on the notorious Colombian trafficker, which will star Spaniards Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, and will be shot in the second half of 2015. 

Pyramide Distribution has acquired Nabil Ayouch’s Much Loved [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
for France, which will have its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight. Celluloid Dreams made the sale.

Wild Bunch and Gaumont have revealed that they have pre-sold The Neon Demon [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Nicolas Winding Refn
film profile
]
by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (read the news – currently being shot, starring Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks) all over the world.

Le Pacte will co-produce the science-fiction project The Untamed by Mexican filmmaker Amat Ascalante (winner of the Best Director Award at Cannes in 2013 with Heli), which will begin shooting at the end of the year. NDM is kicking off the pre-sales, and the film staged mainly by Mexico will also be co-produced by Denmark and Norway.

Gaumont has commenced sales for two titles currently being shot: Odd Job [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Pascal Chaumeil, toplined by Romain Duris (read the article), and the comedy Pattaya by Franck Gastambide.

(Translated from French)

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