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French sellers head to AFM

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With world premieres in store for Fred Cavayé’s Point Blank (see news – sold by: Gaumont – to be released in France on December 1), Nicole Garcia’s A View of Love [+see also:
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(see news – sold by: EuropaCorp – to be released in theatres on December 15), Daniel Benmayor’s Bruc (sold by: StudioCanal) and Olivier Abbou’s horror thriller Territories (sold by: SND), French international sellers are feeling enthusiastic ahead of the American Film Market (November 3-10).

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In Los Angeles, Pathé International will screen Africa United and Welcome to the South [+see also:
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, among other films. The company will also continue pre-sales for Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, featuring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher (in pre-production); Nadine Labaki’s Et Maintenant On Va Où? (“And Now Where Do We Go?”, currently in production, piloted by Les Films des Tournelles); and several titles in post-production, including Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The Place (starring Sean Penn); Frédéric Schoendoerffer’s Switch (see news); Anne Fontaine’s My Worst Nightmare (see news); and Dany Boon’s Nothing To Declare.

Wild Bunch has announced the arrival in its line-up of Wong Kar-waï’s The Grandmasters and Paolo Virzi’s The First Beautiful Thing [+see also:
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, the latter of which will be shown at the AFM. The company will screen 15 other titles, pretty much the same as those shown at Rome’s Business Street (see news). Added to these are Ken Loach’s Route Irish [+see also:
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, Iciar Bolain’s Even The Rain [+see also:
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, François Ozon’s Potiche [+see also:
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and Sam Gabarski’s Distant Neighbourhood [+see also:
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Besides screenings of Alex de la Iglesia’s Venice prize-winner A Sad Trumpet Ballad [+see also:
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, Fouad Benhammou’s The Village of Shadows [+see also:
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and Franck Richard’s The Pack [+see also:
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, Films Distribution will negotiate sales for the numerous titles in its line-up. Highlights include Norwegian director Jens Lien’s Theory and Practice; Mia Hansen Love’s Goodbye First Love (see news); Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy (see news); Julie Delpy’s Skylab (see news); Bertrand Bonello’s L’Apollonide (see news); and Vincent Garenq’s Coupable (“Guilty”).

TF1 International is launching Pierre Lacan’s The Law of Violence (see news) in its line-up. The company will also continue pre-sales for Claude Miller’s Thérèse Desqueyroux, starring Audrey Tautou (to be shot in summer 2011 – see news); and several titles in post-production, including Philippe Claudel’s Silence of Love (see news); Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat; Eric Guirado’s Possessions (see news); Raphaël Jacoulot’s Avant l’Aube (“Before Dawn”, see news); and André Téchiné’s Unforgivable (see news). There will also be screenings of Our Day Will Come by Romain Gavras and Lights Out.

EuropaCorp will organise a market premiere for Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies [+see also:
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, while its subsidiary Roissy Films will unveil a trailer for 3D feature Behind the Walls (see news).

Finally, Celluloid Dreams will present Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating and Denis Gansel’s We Are The Night.

The French international sellers in attendance intend to make the most of the AFM showcase as they close 2010, a year in which business has picked up but is still far from full speed.

(Translated from French)

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