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CANNES 2016 Market/France

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Films Distribution has three trump cards in the official selection

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- Standing tall on the line-up are Ma' Rosa by Brillante Mendoza in competition, The Stopover in Un Certain Regard and Exile as a special screening

Films Distribution has three trump cards in the official selection
Ma' Rosa by Brillante Mendoza

After the Croisette was extremely kind to it last year with Son of Saul [+see also:
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, French international sales agent Films Distribution, which is weaving an ever-expanding web via its European subsidiaries (after Films Boutique in Germany – read the news – and Be For Films – read the newsFilm Constellation has just been founded in London, under the auspices of Fabien Westerhoff), will be making a strong return to the Côte d’Azur this Wednesday. Indeed, it will turn up at the Film Market of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016) brandishing an impressive number of tantalising treasures. 

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Topping the slate being marketed by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and François Yon’s team is a candidate for the 2016 Palme d'Or: Ma' Rosa by Filipino director Brillante Mendoza (Best Director Award in 2009 with The Execution of P [+see also:
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and also in competition on the Croisette in 2008 – also in competition at Berlin in 2012, and at Venice in 2009 and 2012).

Films Distribution will also be pinning its hopes on The Stopover [+see also:
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by Delphine and Muriel Coulin, which will have its world premiere in Un Certain Regard. Having risen to fame in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2011 with 17 Girls [+see also:
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, the sisters have now assembled a cast including Soko and Ariane Labed. The film revolves around two female soldiers coming back from Afghanistan who are given three days of decompression leave at a five-star hotel in Cyprus... Produced by Archipel 35, the feature was co-produced by Greek outfit Blonde and will be distributed in France by Diaphana.

The line-up includes a third title accepted into the Official Selection, with the documentary Exile [+see also:
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by Cambodian director Rithy Panh, which was executive-produced by French outfit CDP and will be presented as a special screening.

A market premiere is on the cards for The Summer of All My Parents by Diastème (read the article), and other screenings include Tomcat [+see also:
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by Austria’s Händl Klaus (which was popular in the Berlinale Panorama), the feel-good movie Good Luck Sam [+see also:
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by Farid Bentoumi and Agnus Dei [+see also:
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by Anne Fontaine (which was world-premiered at Sundance and has racked up 700,000 admissions in France).

Pre-sales will continue with the aid of a promo reel for several films in post-production: Frantz by François Ozon (read the article – starring Pierre Niney and Paula Beer – released in France on 14 September), The Young Karl Marx by Raoul Peck (read the article), the animated movie Louise by the Shore [+see also:
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by Jean-François Laguionie (read the news), Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe [+see also:
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by Maria Schrader and the documentary Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women by Hubert Woroniecki. And last but not least, the firm has Brotherhood by duo Renaud Fély and Arnaud Louvet (read the article), and The Heart by Katell Quillévéré (read the article) hidden up its sleeve.

(Translated from French)

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