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Two contenders for the Palme d’Or in Memento’s line-up

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- With Slack Bay by Bruno Dumont and Le Client by Asghar Farhadi in competition, this year’s Film Market looks very promising

Two contenders for the Palme d’Or in Memento’s line-up
Slack Bay by Bruno Dumont

French sales company Memento Films International, which always comes to Cannes well-equipped, has this year beaten its own record when it comes to films in competition, with two contenders for the Palme d’Or of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016): Slack Bay [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
Q&A: Bruno Dumont
film profile
]
by Bruno Dumont (which will have its world premiere on 13 May, the same day the film will be released in France by Memento, and has notably already been pre-purchased by the United States by Kino Lorber) and The Salesman [+see also:
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by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (who returns to the competition, after competing with The Past [+see also:
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in 2013, with another film co-produced by Memento, which will distribute it in France on 2 November). For the record, the Parisian company sold the films that won the Palme d’Or in 2008 and 2014, The Class [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Carole Scotta
interview: Laurent Cantet
film profile
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and Winter Sleep [+see also:
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interview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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]
respectively, and also had films in competition at Cannes in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

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In addition to these two gems, the team, headed up by Emilie Georges and managed by Tanja Meissner will kick off at the Film Market with pre-sales for Greek-German co-production Dias by British director Jonathan English, who will start filming on this action thriller set in the heart of a specialised motorised police unit fighting crime in Athens in September. The company is also expected to announce sales for an Italian film that is set to start filming any day now.

Memento will also be continuing with pre-sales for Midwife by Martin Provost (see article - a Curiosa Films production currently being filmed starring Catherine Deneuve and Olivier Gourmet) and Mr. Stein Goes Online by Stéphane Robelin (in pre-production, starring Pierre Richard and Oona Chaplin in the lead roles). The line-up also features two more films in post-production (Australian-German co-production Berlin Syndrome by Cate Shortland and Mexican-French co-production The Darkness [+see also:
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by Daniel Castro Zimbrón) and Berlin participants News From Planet Mars [+see also:
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by Dominik Moll, All of a Sudden [+see also:
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by Turkish director Asli Ozge andGirl Asleep by Australian filmmaker Rosemary Myers.

(Translated from French)

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