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CANNES 2016 Market/Germany

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German buyers fall for French comedies at Cannes

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- CANNES 2016: German distributors acquired various titles and projects at the Film Market on the Croisette

German buyers fall for French comedies at Cannes
Roommates Wanted by François Desagnat

French comedies were very much in demand by German distributors at the Film Market at Cannes. One of the most-wanted titles was the new French tragicomedy C’est la Vie by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (Untouchable [+see also:
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), who this time take a look behind the scenes of a grand wedding. German distributor Universum acquired the German rights for this project from Gaumont. Meanwhile, independent distributor Arsenal Filmverleih snapped up the Directors’ Fortnight opener, Tour de France [+see also:
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by Rachid Djaïdani. The road movie stars Gérard Depardieu as a racist who goes on tour with a French-Arab rapper whom his son has sent him as a driver.

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Alamode acquired the French comedy Roommates Wanted [+see also:
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by François Desagnat, about a lonely widower who starts to sublet his huge apartment in Paris, which gradually starts to fill up with all manner of interesting life forms. Meanwhile, Torsten Frehse, the CEO of Neue Visionen, opted to take Il a déjà tes yeux by Lucien Jean-Baptiste, about a black couple who adopt a white baby. Furthermore, he picked up the documentary Wrong Elements [+see also:
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by Jonathan Littell, who interviewed child soldiers who were kidnapped in Uganda at the age of 12. 

Ahead of the competition screenings, Weltkino bought eagerly anticipated titles such as Paterson [+see also:
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by Jim Jarmusch, Personal Shopper [+see also:
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by Olivier Assayas and the Grand Prix winner, It’s Only the End of the World [+see also:
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by Xavier Dolan. Gimme Danger, the Iggy Pop-focused music documentary by Jim Jarmusch, will be released by Studiocanal.

Ira von Gienanth, head of acquisitions and licensing at Prokino, did well to acquire the Palme d’Or winner, I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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by Ken Loach. Further deals for the firm include the two-time award-winning marriage drama The Salesman [+see also:
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by Asghar Farhadi, as well as the Un Certain Regard entry The Dancer [+see also:
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by Stéphanie Di Giusto, about the Belle Époque dancer Loïe Fuller. Kamran Sardar Khan, head of distribution at Camino Filmverleih, was won over by the Belgian drama After Love [+see also:
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by Joachim Lafosse, which stars Bérénice Bejo and Cédric Kahn.

While Andrea Arnold’s competition film American Honey [+see also:
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(which also won the Jury Prize at Cannes) will be released by UPI, the Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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distributor Christoph Ott acquired the romantic drama This Beautiful Fantastic by Simon Aboud (starring Tom Wilkinson) for NFP. Among the deals that Tiberius Film made at Cannes was one for the French comedy Ouvert la nuit by Edouard Baer, starring Audrey Tautou and the late Michel Galabru.

There is also a huge appetite for thrillers among the German distributors. Tiberius Film picked up the remake of the thriller The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun [+see also:
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, while Ascot Elite signed a pre-sale agreement for the French thriller The Last Step by Frédéric Petitjean, with Jean Reno as a hitman who wants to start a new life in Northern Canada. Another hitman plays a key role in the black comedy Small Town Killers by Ole Bornedal, which DCM is planning to release in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 

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