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CANNES 2016 Market/France

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Wild Bunch knocks the Croisette for six again

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- With ten films across the various selections, including five duking it out for the Palme d'Or, and a plentiful, all-star line-up, the French vendor is really holding its own

Wild Bunch knocks the Croisette for six again
The Neon Demon by Nicolas Winding Refn

To say that Wild Bunch feels completely at home on the Croisette would be an understatement, given that the French company’s international sales team has been totally omnipresent on the line-up at the gathering for the last 15 years or so. And the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016) is no exception, as its slate includes five films in official competition, three of which are brand-new opuses by former winners (The Unknown Girl [+see also:
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Q&A: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
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by Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Graduation [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
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by Romania’s Christian Mungiu and I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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by British filmmaker Ken Loach), which are joined by The Neon Demon [+see also:
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by Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn (sales for which are shared with Gaumont) and Staying Vertical [+see also:
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by French director Alain Guiraudie. For the record, since it was founded, Wild Bunch has always (apart from in 2005) had at least one movie in the running for the top prize at Cannes (seven in 2006, six in 2013, five in 2015, four in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2014, three in 2000, 2011 and 2012, two in 2004 and 2010, and one in 2007).

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Wild Bunch will also be selling three features that will have their world premieres in Un Certain Regard: The Dancer [+see also:
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by France’s Stéphanie Di Giusto, the animated film The Red Turtle [+see also:
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by Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit and After the Storm by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Also making an appearance on the line-up are Blood Father [+see also:
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by Jean-François Richet (toplined by Mel Gibson), which will be unveiled as an official selection midnight screening, and Raw [+see also:
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by Julia Ducournau, which will be in competition in the Critics’ Week.

At the Film Market, pre-sales will get under way for Le Redoutable [+see also:
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Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius
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 by Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius, an adaptation of Anne Wiazemsky’s novel Un an après (which describes the ups and downs of her love life with Jean-Luc Godard in the middle of the Latin Quarter in Paris in 1968), starring Stacy Martin and Louis Garrel in the leads.

Pre-sales will also kick off for Les Fantômes d’Ismaël [+see also:
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Q&A: Arnaud Desplechin
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by Arnaud Desplechin (starring Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard), Loveless [+see also:
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by Russian director Andrey ZvyagintsevA Gentle Creature [+see also:
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interview: Sergei Loznitsa
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 by Ukraine’s Sergei Loznitsa (based on the short story of the same name by Dostoyevsky), and The Racer and the Jailbird [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Michaël R Roskam (starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos – read the article).

This range of brilliant new titles rounds off an incredible line-up that also comprises the science-fiction project High Life by Claire Denis (toplined by Robert Pattinson), Rodin [+see also:
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by Jacques Doillon (set to start shooting soon, starring Vincent Lindon, Izia Higelin and Séverine Caneele), Endangered Species by Gilles Bourdos (read the article – in post-production), Maniac Cop by John Hyams (produced by Nicolas Winding Refn – set to be shot this summer) and the animated movie Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels by Lino DiSalvo (produced by Paris-based outfit On Animation), among others.

Also of note are the market premieres of Into the Forest [+see also:
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by Gilles Marchand, Kiki, Love to Love [+see also:
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interview: Paco León
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by Spaniard Paco Leon, and the documentaries France [+see also:
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by Raymond Depardon and Rocco [+see also:
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interview: Thierry Demaizière, Alban T…
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 by Thierry Demaizière, not to mention new promo reels for The Odyssey [+see also:
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by Jérôme Salle (read the article) and the ever-mysterious On the Milky Road [+see also:
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by Emir Kusturica.

(Translated from French)

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