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BERLINALE 2008 Market / France

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Wild Bunch’s line-up (1)

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Having set up their stall outside the European Film Market, as they did last year, French international sales company Wild Bunch have arrived at the 58th Berlinale, which kicks off tomorrow, with a spectacular line-up in tow.

Promotional reels of the following European films will be presented: Sangue Pazzo (“Mad Blood”) by Italian director Marco Tullio Giordana, starring Monica Bellucci, Luca Zingaretti and Alessio Boni; and The Country Teacher, directed by Czech director Bodhan Slama (prize-winner at San Sebastian in 2005 with Something Like Happiness [+see also:
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) and produced by Pallas Film with French company Why Not.

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Buyers will also have a chance to discover the first scenes shot for The Visitor by Finnish director Jukka-Pekka Valkeapaa, co-produced by UK company Bluelight and Finnish company Helsinki Filmi, in partnership with France’s Backup Films.

Spanish films will also make an appearance with promotional reels for Camino (produced by Media Pro) by Javier Fesser, who was nominated for the Best Short Film Oscar in 2007; and for Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, starring Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Vincent Maraval’s team are set to steal the show with their US titles: the diptych on Che Guevara (The Argentine and Guerilla, starring Benicio del Toro, Franka Potente and Julia Ormond) whose director Steven Soderbergh will be in Berlin to present a promotional reel; the first scenes from James Gray’s new film (Two Lovers) and Darren Arafnofsky’s latest project, The Wrestler; as well as Morgan Spurlock’s Where in the World is Osama Ben Laden (market screening).

Wild Bunch have not overlooked Asian films either and will present the successful Korean title Seven Days and the first scenes from Kabuli Kid by Afghan director Barmak Akram (co-produced by French company Fidélité Films).

(Translated from French)

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