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BERLIN 2017 Market/France

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French sales agents boast five contenders for the Golden Bear

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- We present an overview of the myriad films being showcased in the various Berlin sections and being marketed at the EFM by French international sales agents

French sales agents boast five contenders for the Golden Bear
Django by Etienne Comar

It’s all systems go at the European Film Market of the 67th Berlinale (9-19 February 2017), and as always, the many French international sales agents have no shortage of titles to negotiate deals for, particularly those featuring on the line-up of the festival’s various selections. Standing out on their slates are five hopefuls for the 2017 Golden Bear, as Pathé International is selling Django [+see also:
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Q&A: Etienne Comar
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by Etienne Comar (which opens the gathering today, in competition), Gaumont is pinning its hopes on Return to Montauk [+see also:
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by Germany’s Volker Schlöndorff, Memento Films International is touting the Chinese animated feature Have a Nice Day by Liu Jian, Jour2Fête is pushing Felicity [+see also:
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interview: Alain Gomis
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]
by Alain Gomis, and Funny Balloons has high hopes for A Fantastic Woman [+see also:
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by Chile’s Sebastián Lelio. And let’s not forget Films Boutique, the German "subsidiary" of Paris-based company Films Distribution, with three titles in competition: Colo [+see also:
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interview: Teresa Villaverde
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by Portugal’s Teresa Villaverde, Joaquim [+see also:
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by Brazil’s Marcelo Gomes and On Body and Soul [+see also:
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interview: Ildiko Enyedi
interview: Ildiko Enyedi
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]
by Hungary’s Ildikó Enyedi.

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Out of competition in the official selection, Pathé International will be able to put its faith in Viceroy’s House [+see also:
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by British filmmaker of Indian heritage Gurinder Chadha and Memento Films International in The Midwife [+see also:
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interview: Martin Provost
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by Martin Provost. Meanwhile, Films Distribution will be marketing a film in the Berlinale Special Gala programme, The Young Karl Marx [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Raoul Peck.

In the Panorama, Pyramide International is selling the opening film, The Wound [+see also:
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by South African filmmaker John Trengove, Wild Bunch is touting the Brazilian movie Just Like Our Parents by Laís Bodanzky, Wide Management can boast the French-Chinese co-production Ciao Ciao [+see also:
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by Song Chuan on its slate, Still Moving is pinning its hopes on Pendular by Brazil’s Julia Murat (co-produced by France), and Premium Films is unveiling a feature hailing from Bhutan (Honeygiver Among the Dogs by Dechen Roder), whereas Memento Films International will continue working to shift Call Me by Your Name [+see also:
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by Italy’s Luca Guadagnino and Berlin Syndrome by Australia’s Cate Shortland.

In the Panorama Dokumente, Belgian-French firm Be For Films comes bearing Belinda [+see also:
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by Marie Dumora, which will open the section, Wide House will continue striking lucrative deals with its Oscar-nominated title I Am Not Your Negro [+see also:
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by Raoul Peck, UDI is selling Ghost Hunting [+see also:
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by Raed Andoni (produced by France, Palestine, Switzerland and Qatar), Doc & Film International will be negotiating deals for the US-Danish co-production Strong Island [+see also:
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by US director Yance Ford and Bones of Contention by his fellow countrywoman Andrea Weiss, and Paris-based company Les Asphofilms is marketing its own production Investigating Paradise [+see also:
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by Algeria’s Merzak Allouache.

In the Forum section, Luxbox is present with Barrage [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Laura Schroeder
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]
by Luxembourg’s Laura Schroeder, MPM Films with the French productions Strange Birds [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Elise Girard
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]
by Elise Girard and Hotel Occidental [+see also:
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interview: Neïl Beloufa
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]
by Neïl Beloufa, Be For Films with Animals [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Greg Zglinski
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]
by Greg Zglinski (a co-production between Switzerland, Austria and Poland), Memento Films International with My Happy Family [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon G…
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]
by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, UDI with the French-Tunisian feature Foreign Body [+see also:
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by Raja Amari (revealed at Toronto), which will be presented in the Forum, and Norte with its production Somniloquies by Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. And as for the documentaries, Alpha Violet is pinning its hopes on the Moroccan title House in the Fields by Tala Hadid, Andana Films on the French-Congolese production Maman Colonelle [+see also:
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by Dieudo Hamadi, and Wide House on the US movie For Ahkeem by Jeremy S Levine and Landon Van Soest.

Lastly, we should point out that Loco Films is selling two films being presented on the Generation programme (Little Harbour [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Iveta Grófová
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]
by Slovakia’s Iveta Grofova – see the article – and the Brazilian film Nalu on the Border by Christiane Oliveira), the same section in which Stray Dogs is striking deals for the Canadian title Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves by Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, and Bathysphère for Wallay [+see also:
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]
by Berni Goldblat, which it executive-produced.

(Translated from French)

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