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A sumptuous showcase for the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris

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- UniFrance is hitting hard with 84 films, including 57 market premieres, 400 buyers, and a junket for 110 French artists and 100 journalists from 40 countries

A sumptuous showcase for the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris

It's all very well producing varied and high-quality films, but knowing how to put them on show effectively to boost their circulation around the globe is even better. The expertise of UniFrance, the agency for the promotion of French film abroad, in this field needs no further proof, and Jean-Paul Salomé and Isabelle Giordano's team is clearly demonstrating this once again with the 18th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris (14-18 January). The first market and biggest press junket to be dedicated to French film in the world, the event will bring together 400 buyers, 100 foreign journalists hailing from 40 countries, 110 French artists, and 40 French international sales agents, which will screen 84 movies (including 57 market premieres) and negotiate deals for all the titles on their bulging line-ups.

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Featuring among the premieres is A Mighty Team [+see also:
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by Thomas Sorriaux, which will have the honour of opening the Rendez-Vous. Sold by Other Angle Pictures, this film, starring Medi Sadoun and Gérard Depardieu, depicts the misfortunes of a footballer who does not have a very good reputation owing to his various shenanigans, and who is sent by his agent to his childhood village in order to rediscover his values and maybe even patch things up with his father. And then the star sets about training the local junior team and leading them to victory... Interestingly, there are eight other market premieres for Other Angle Pictures, with Louis-Ferdinand Céline [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Bourdieu (read the article), The Origin of Violence [+see also:
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by Elie Chouraqui (read the article), West Coast [+see also:
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by Benjamin Weill (read the article), and the comedies The Roommates Party [+see also:
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by Alexandra Leclère (which has notched up 940,000 admissions in France over 19 days), Shipwrecked [+see also:
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by David Charhon (read the article), Public Friends [+see also:
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by Edouard Pluvieux, Comment c'est loin [+see also:
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by Orelsan and Christophe Offenstein, and Dieumerci [+see also:
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by Lucien Jean-Baptiste.

Wild Bunch will be screening The Boss’s Daughter [+see also:
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by Olivier Loustau and will kick off pre-sales for Rodin by Jacques Doillon (a Les Films du Lendemain production that will see Vincent Lindon playing the title role), all the while negotiating deals for titles in post-production, such as Staying Vertical [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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by Alain Guiraudie (read the news), In the Forest by Gilles Marchand (read the article), Visiting Hours by Rachida Brakni (read the news) and Raw [+see also:
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by Julia Ducournau (read the article).

StudioCanal will unveil Five [+see also:
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by Igor Gotesman (read the article), Kalinka [+see also:
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by Vincent Garenq (read the article), Down By Love [+see also:
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by Pierre Godeau (read the article) and French Cuisine by Florent Siri.

Le Pacte will screen Irreplaceable [+see also:
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by Thomas Lilti (read the article), the documentary The Frankenstein Complex by Alexandre Poncet and Gilles Penso, and Face Down [+see also:
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by Kamen Kalev.

Pyramide International will be pinning its hopes on Ogres [+see also:
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by Léa Fehner (read the article) and This Summer Feeling [+see also:
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by Mikhaël Hers.

Films Distribution will be banking on Good Luck Sam by Farid Bentoumi (read the article), Dark Inclusion (Diamant noir [+see also:
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by Arthur Harari (read the article), Meet the Guilbys [+see also:
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by Arthur Delaire and Quentin Reynaud, and Looking for Her [+see also:
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by Ounie Lecomte.

Bac Films will have a handful of titles on offer, including Who's Your Daddy [+see also:
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by Sylvain Desclous (read the article), A Decent Man [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Finkiel and Vive le cinéma! [+see also:
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by Diane Kurys (starring Sylvie Testud and based on her novel C'est le métier qui rentre).

Doc & Film International will be showing off Kokoro [+see also:
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by Vanja d'Alcantara (read the article), the documentary Democracy by David Bernet, and Simon by Eric Martin and Emmanuel Caussé (read the article).

Featuring on EuropaCorp's menu are Hopefully [+see also:
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by Benoît Graffin (toplined by Sandrine Kiberlain) and Stop Me Here [+see also:
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by Gilles Bannier.

Gaumont will be in action with the comedies Pattaya [+see also:
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by Franck Gastambide and Vicky Banjo [+see also:
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by Denis Imbert.

Elle Driver, which is set to screen the environmental documentary Demain [+see also:
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by Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion, will no doubt be striking deals behind the scenes for Being 17 [+see also:
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Q&A: André Téchiné
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
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by André Téchiné, which will have its world premiere in competition at Berlin.

As for TF1 International, it will be showing off The Canterville Ghost [+see also:
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by Yann Samuell, and the comedies Josephine, Pregnant & Fabulous [+see also:
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by Marilou Berry and Dad in Training [+see also:
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by Cyril Gelblat.

Jour2Fête will be counting on Baden Baden by Rachel Lang (read the article) and the documentary Free to Run by Pierre Morath.

Standing out on Pathé International's slate are the market premieres of the comedies Back to Mom's [+see also:
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by Eric Lavaine, Marseille [+see also:
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by and starring Kad Merad, and The Tuche – The American Dream and Les nouvelles aventures d'Aladin [+see also:
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by Arthur Benzaquen (which was a French box-office smash in 2015), in addition to those of Come What May [+see also:
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by Christian Carion and Caravage [+see also:
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by Alain Cavalier.

SND's slate, meanwhile, is dominated by Rosalie Blum [+see also:
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by Julien Rappeneau (read the article), but also on the line-up are The Terrible Privacy of Mr Sim [+see also:
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by Michel Leclerc, The Crew [+see also:
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by Julien Leclercq, and the comedies Roommates Wanted [+see also:
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by François Desagnat and Off piste by François Prévôt-Leygonie and Stephan Archinard.

Indie Sales will be banking on the animated film Dofus – Book 1: Julith [+see also:
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by Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis, while Alpha Violet will have high hopes for Marie and the Misfits [+see also:
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by Sébastien Betbeder.

Reel Suspects will present Blind Sun [+see also:
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by Joyce Nashawati and The Storm Inside [+see also:
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by Fabrice Camoin, whereas WTFilms is pinning its hopes on Thank You for Calling by Pascal Elbé and The Cocktail Party [+see also:
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by Rose and Alice Philippon.

Kinology will show The Scent of the Mandarin [+see also:
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by Gilles Legrand and will no doubt be grilled on the state of progress of the highly anticipated Planetarium [+see also:
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by Rebecca Zlotowski (read the news).

Lastly, Capricci Films will unveil its production The Wounded Angel [+see also:
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by Emir Baigazin, while Wide Management will be counting on Pseudonym by Thierry Sebban and Cinexport on Port-au-Prince Sunday 4th January [+see also:
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by François Marthouret.

Besides the films being presented as market premieres, all of the French international sales agents will be hard at work in Paris with a plethora of forthcoming titles, including Les Films du Losange with films such as its upcoming Berlin competitor Things to Come [+see also:
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Q&A: Mia Hansen-Løve
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by Mia Hansen-Love, Memento Films International with News From Planet Mars by Dominik Moll (read the article – scheduled for a 9 March release in France), MK2 International (read the news - which has added Mrs. Hyde by Serge Bozon to its catalogue - read the article), Celluloïd Dreams, Ecce Films, Alfama Films, Premium Films, SBS International, Funny Balloons, Cité Films, Arizona, The Bureau Sales, Versatile and UDI.

(Translated from French)

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