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CANNES 2016 Market/France

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Clash on the frontline for Pyramide

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- Mohamed Diab’s film will open Un Certain Regard. Also featuring in the line-up is animated feature The Girl Without Hands and Daniel by Cyril Mennegun

Clash on the frontline for Pyramide
Clash by Mohamed Diab

It is with a generous line-up of 14 high-quality films that French sales company Pyramide International (headed up by Eric Lagesse) heads off to the Film Market of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (which will be held from 11 to 22 May 2016). Agathe Valentin’s team most notably has a great asset in the form of a film in the Official Selection, Clash [+see also:
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by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, which will open Un Certain Regard. Co-produced by France via Sampek Productions and Arte France Cinéma, the film is set in Cairo, in the summer of 2013, two years after the Egyptian revolution. The day after the deposition of Islamist president Morsi, a day of violent riots, dozens of protestors of differing political and religious beliefs end up in a police van. Will they be able to overcome their differences to escape? 

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Pyramide has also just added animated film The Girl Without Hands [+see also:
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by Sébastien Laudenbach to its line-up, which will have its world premiere at Cannes in the alternative ACID section, and will be screened in competition in June at the Annecy Film Festival. The debut feature film by the director, this adaptation of a Brothers Grimm tale was produced by Les Films Sauvages and will be distributed in France by Shellac.

Another market premiere is also on the cards for Argentinian ecological thriller Cromo by Lucía Puenzo, Nicolás Puenzo and Pablo Fendrik, the film adaptation of the 12-episode TV series of the same name that was unveiled at Toronto.

The line-up also features Daniel, by Cyril Mennegun (who won the César for Best First Feature Film in 2013 with Louise Wimmer [+see also:
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), filming for which will begin on 27 May with a cast including Alexandre Guansé, Corinne Masiero and Elisabeth Ventura. The story follows a young pianist within reaching distance of success who suddenly leaves Paris when he receives a letter from a woman he doesn’t know, leading him to the most important encounter of his life. The film will be produced by Bruno Nahon for Unité de Production and will be distributed in France by Haut et Court

The line-up also features two other films currently being filmed: A Violent Life by Thierry de Peretti (see article) and The Wound by South African director John Trengove. Pyramide will also be pre-selling five tantalising titles currently in post-production: Giants Don't Exist by Spanish filmmaker Chema Rodríguez (which takes place in Guatemala in the 1980s and centres around a young 11-year-old boy who lives in fear with a couple who took him in because the husband participated in the massacre of his entire village and killed his brother), Moka [+see also:
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 by Swiss director Frédéric Mermoud (see article), The Empty Box by Mexican filmmaker Claudia Sainte-Luce, and documentaries The Prince of Nothingwood by Sonia Kronlund (production: Gloria Films) and Last News From Cosmos by Julie Bertuccelli (production: Les Films du Poisson).

Last but not least, the company will be selling Fatima [+see also:
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by Philippe Faucon (awarded the 2016 César for Best Film back in February, which has boosted its sales since, having been notably purchased for the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain and Brazil), This Summer Feeling [+see also:
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by Mikhaël Hers and Ogres [+see also:
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by Léa Fehner.

(Translated from French)

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