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VENICE 2010 Market / France

Eight contenders for the Golden Lion on French line-up

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With eight of 23 films in competition at the 67th Venice Film Festival and ten other titles screening in different parallel sections, the offering from French international sales outfits features plenty of gems which they hope to make shine at Venice and later this month in Toronto.

Among the Golden Lion contenders are MK2’s Vénus noire [+see also:
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by Abdellatif Kechiche, Pathé International’s Miral [+see also:
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by Julian Schnabel, and Wild Bunch’s (which didn’t get its hands on We Believed [+see also:
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by Italian helmer Mario Martone and is now being sold by Rai Trade) Potiche [+see also:
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by François Ozon and Antony Cordier’s Happy Few [+see also:
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. French outfits will also be selling non-domestic majority productions, with Le Pacte pinning its hopes on The Solitude of Prime Numbers [+see also:
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by Italian helmer Saverio Costanzo, Films Distribution on Sad Trumpet Ballad [+see also:
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by Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia, Funny Ballons on Post Mortem [+see also:
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by Chilean director Pablo Larrain (a German co-production) and Memento Films International on Russian feature Silent Souls by Aleksei Fedorchenko.

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Selected out-of-competition, Spanish production Lope [+see also:
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by Andrucha Waddington is being sold by Wild Bunch, while three films screening in the Horizons section feature on the French line-up: Catherine Breillat’s Sleeping Beauty at Pyramide, French-Portuguese co-production Dharma Guns [+see also:
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by F.J. Ossang at UMédia and Gianfranco Rosi’s El Sicario, room 164 [+see also:
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at Doc & Film International.

Wild Bunch is also handling sales for Bertrand Blier’s The Clink of Ice [+see also:
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at Venice Days which also sees Colifilms Diffusion selling The Place in Between by French helmer Sarah Bouyain, Wide Management is handling sales of Crime Scene by Holland’s Walter Stokman and Doc & Film International is negotiating for Noir océan [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Marion Hänsel.

Lastly, Pyramide is doubly present at Critics’ Week with Angèle et Tony [+see also:
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by French helmer Alix Delaporte and Israeli-French co-production Lies by Eitan Zur.

(Translated from French)

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