350 distributors and 39 premières at Unifrance Meetings
by Fabien Lemercier
15/01/2009 - A total of 350 foreign distributors are heading to Paris today for the 11th French Film Meetings (January 15-19) organised by Unifrance.
The market – which has established itself as one of the most important in Europe – will this year screen 82 films (including 39 unreleased titles) sold by 34 French companies. Meanwhile, 120 journalists from 26 invited countries will meet around 100 French actors and directors for the largest press junket organised in Europe.
Also on the line-up are Benoît Jacquot’s Villa Amalia (EuropaCorp - see news); Tomm Moore’s French/Irish/Belgian animated co-production Brendan and the Secret of Kells (sold by Celluloid Dreams, who are also handling sales for Fabienne Godet’s documentary Ne me libérez pas, je m’en charge); Hannelore Cayre’s Commis d’office (“Court Appointed Lawyer”, Bac Films - see news 2007); David Charhon’s Cyprien (Kinology); and Agnès Obadia’s Romaine par moins 30 (sales: UGC).
StudioCanal will unveil Danièle Thompson’s Le code a changé (“The Code Has Changed”, see news) and Caroline Bottaro’s Joueuse (“Player”, see news). Meanwhile, Les Films du Losange are hoping for success with Sophie Fillières’s Un chat un chat (“A Cat, A Cat”, see news), Films Distribution with Pierre-François Martin-Laval’s King Guillaume and Frédéric Balekdjian’s Un monde à nous (“A World for Us”), Wide Management with Pierre Lafargue’s Black and Pyramide with Benoît Cohen’s Les Violette.
The programme also features Marie Jaoul de Poncheville’s Tengri: Blue Heavens (sold by its producer L Films), Doc & Film International’s premières (see news) and films presented by companies such as Wild Bunch, TF1 international, Rezo, UMedia, Le Pacte, SND, Elle Driver, Gaumont, Funny Balloons, Pathé, Other Angle Pictures, Coach 14, Roissy Films and Rendez-Vous Pictures.
(Translated from French)