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CANNES 2015 Market/Germany

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German distributors pick up Cannes films and market premieres

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- CANNES 2015: Dysfunctional relationships feature among the drama and comedy titles acquired at the Film Market

German distributors pick up Cannes films and market premieres
Valley of Love by Guillaume Nicloux

At the 56th edition of the Film Market at Cannes, various German arthouse distributors such as Arsenal, Concorde, DCM, Neue Visionen and Weltkino acquired several new films and projects. 

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While Concorde Film snapped up the French competition entry Valley of Love [+see also:
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, starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert, Weltkino CEO Michael Kölmel bought the Cannes closing film, Ice and the Sky [+see also:
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by Academy Award-winning director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins [+see also:
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). The Leipzig-based distribution outfit also closed a pre-sale on It’s Only the End of the World [+see also:
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by Canadian director Xavier Dolan, who is due to shoot this drama starring Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel in Quebec. Also hailing from Canada is Monsieur Lazhar director Philippe Falardeau, whose new picture, Canadian Intern, was picked up by Stefan Paul and Egon Nieser from Arsenal ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The independent German company also acquired the Icelandic-Danish social comedy Rams [+see also:
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 by Grimur Hakonarson, which had its premiere in Un Certain Regard.

Berlin-based distributor Torsten Frehse secured a couple of promising projects for his company, Neue Visionen. The German distributor of Paulette [+see also:
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and Serial (Bad) Weddings [+see also:
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 took advantage of its visit to Cannes to acquire another French film: Slack Bay [+see also:
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by Bruno Dumont is a black comedy about two families at opposite ends of the social spectrum that will be shot with Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. The Italian actress will also play the lead in Paolo Virzi’s new drama, Like Crazy, about two patients who flee their psychiatric treatment in Tuscany and head to Rome. Besides these two pre-sales, Neue Visionen acquired the Un Certain Regard opener An [+see also:
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by Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase

Berlin-based distributor DCM did some good business, too, as it pre-purchased the German rights to the €19 million period drama Chocolat by Roschdy Zem from Gaumont; the movie will star Omar Sy as Cuban artist Rafael Padilla. Furthermore, DCM picked up the German-speaking rights for Cartel Land, which won the Best Director Award and the Special Jury Award for Cinematography for a US Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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