Music is the key for Pathé International
by Fabien Lemercier
- Sales will kick off at Cannes for Rock'n'Roll by Guillaume Canet, Django Mélodies by Etienne Comar and Dalida by Lisa Azuelos
Although French sales agent Pathé International’s line-up does not include any films being showcased in the various selections of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016), Muriel Sauzay’s team will certainly not be lacking in strong sales pitches at the Film Market, as it will be negotiating deals for 15 titles, nine of which are in post-production. Standing out among them are three features whose common denominator is the world of music.
The first of these is Rock'n'Roll, by and starring Guillaume Canet, who toplines the movie together with Oscar winner Marion Cotillard. The cast of the actor’s fifth feature as a director (after Anything You Say, Tell No One [+see also:
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Pre-sales (with the aid of a promo reel) will also officially kick off for Django Melodies by Etienne Comar (read the article – starring Reda Kateb and Cécile de France), based on an episode in the life of guitarist Django Reinhardt, and for Dalida by Lisa Azuelos (with a cast including Sveva Alviti, Jean-Paul Rouve, Nicolas Duvauchelle and Nils Schneider – produced by the director and Julien Madon, European Film Promotion Producer on the Move 2016), which will map out the life of the famous singer.
There will be another promo reel for Raid Dingue by and starring Dany Boon, who toplines the movie together with Alice Pol; the comedy is about an absent-minded and incompetent policewoman who dreams of becoming the first female in the elite RAID unit. Once she has accomplished her objective, she finds herself supervised by the most misogynistic of all the police officers, who goes by the nickname of “Vulgar Eugène”. This unlikely duo will have to learn to work together if they want to make it through some incredible misadventures. The film is being produced by Pathé and Les Productions du Ch'timi, and is being co-produced by Belgian outfit Artémis. Pathé will distribute it in France from 1 February 2017.
Among the ammo that Pathé International is still keeping under wraps, we should highlight Promise at Dawn by Eric Barbier (currently being filmed, starring Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg – read the article).
The remaining titles in post-production on the firm’s Cannes slate are British productions A United Kingdom [+see also:
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(Translated from French)