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CANNES 2009 Market / France

Pathé International’s abundant line-up

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With a line-up headed by Jane Campion’s Bright Star [+see also:
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– which will vie for the Palme d’Or at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24) – Pathé International has numerous assets in store for the Film Market.

Among the Croisette market screenings, the French-UK team helmed by Muriel Sauzay will unveil Mona Achache’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog (see news), which has been pre-sold for Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Benelux, Austria, Cyprus, Argentina, the Middle East and Taiwan. Pathé will release the title domestically on July 3.

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There will also be world premieres for Nicolas Vannier’s Loup (“Wolf”); John Wright’s Tormented (UK release: May 22); and Jon Harris’ UK horror film The Descent: Part 2, which has been bought for Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux, Poland, Hungary, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Cyprus, Russia and North America. Pathé will launch the latter title in France and the UK.

Distributors will also get the chance to view French comedies Incognito [+see also:
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by Eric Lavaine and Safari [+see also:
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by Olivier Baroux, as well as Stephen Frears’ Berlin contender Chéri [+see also:
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. They will also be able to discover the promo-reel for Centurion by the UK’s Neil Marshall (The Descent [+see also:
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), starring Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko.

Pathé International will also handle pre-sales for Julian Schnabel’s new film Miral, which is currently shooting and retraces the struggle of the Palestinians through the lives of four women. The title stars Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbas, Alexander Siddig, Vanessa Redgrave and William Dafoe.

Films in post-production include Jacques Perrin’s Oceans, Tom Harper’s The Scouting Book for Boys (starring Thomas Turgoose), Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionnist, Yan Moix’s Cineman and Christian Carion’s Farewell.

(Translated from French)

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