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CANNES 2016 Market/France

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An especially big line-up at Cannes for Doc & Film International

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- Among its greatest assets are Chouf and Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy in the Official Selection, and The Lives of Therese in Directors’ Fortnight

An especially big line-up at Cannes for Doc & Film International
The Lives of Therese by Sébastien Lifshitz

Sustaining the momentum of a super profitable European Film Market that ended on a high note with the Golden Bear of the Berlin Film Festival going to Fire at Sea [+see also:
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interview: Gianfranco Rosi
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by Italian director Gianfranco Rosi, French sales company Doc & Film International will be very well-armed at the Film Market of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (which will be held from 11 to 22 May 2016). The line-up most notably features two films that will be unveiled in special screenings of the Official Selection, one in Directors’ Fortnight, two feature films in Cannes Classic, and one in the alternative ACID section programme.

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At Cannes, Daniela Elstner’s team will be counting on documentary Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy [+see also:
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by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. After winning the Special Jury Prize at Venice in 2006 with Daratt – Dry Season [+see also:
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and the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2010 with A Screaming Man [+see also:
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, the director, who also competed at Cannes in 2013 with Grisgris [+see also:
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, has this time moved away from fiction to make a documentary that will have its world premiere in a special screening of the Official Selection. A Pilifilms production (with Goï-Goï Productions and Arte France), the film sets off to meet survivers of the regime of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré, who was arrested in Senegal in 2013 and judged last year for crimes against humanity.

Another film that will have its world premiere in a special screening of the Official Selection is Chouf [+see also:
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by Karim Dridi (see news article), which follows a young student as he gets involved in drug trafficking in Marseille, quickly climbing up the ranks of local dealers and entering a growing spiral of violence (production: Tessalit Productions and Mirak Films).

Doc & Film is also selling The Lives of Therese [+see also:
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by Sébastien Lifshitz, which has been selected for Directors’ Fortnight. Produced by Agat Films & Cie, this documentary centres around militant feminist Thérèse Clerc, who appeared in the previous film by the filmmaker, Les invisibles [+see also:
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(which won the César in 2013 for Best Documentary).

Their line-up also features two documentaries in the Cannes Classics programme of the Official Selection: Hospital by American filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and Bernadette Lafont, and God Created The Free Woman by French director Esther Hoffenberg. Also worth mentioning is French-Korean documentary Mrs B. A North-Korean Woman [+see also:
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by Jero Yun in the alternative ACID programme, fictional film Miss Impossible [+see also:
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by French director Emilie Deleuze (which won the special mention in the Generation Kplus section at Berlin) in the Cannes Junior section, and musical documentary French Wave by Julien Starke at a special event as part of Doc Corner/Producers Network. All this without forgetting the market screenings of documentaries Tadmor [+see also:
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by duo Monika Borgmann - Lokman Slim (a Lebanese-French-Swiss production that was awarded last weekend at Visions du Réel), Everything Under Control by Austrian filmmaker Werner Boote and Between Fences [+see also:
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by Avi Mograbi, which was selected for Berlin, and fictional feature Kokoro [+see also:
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by Belgian director Vanja d'Alcantara.

(Translated from French)

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