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BERLINALE 2011 Market / France

Gaumont to start pre-sales for The Conquest

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Pre-sales will officially get underway at the European Film Market at the 61st Berlin Film Festival (February 10-20, 2011) for Xavier Durringer’s The Conquest. Currently in post-production, the film is well-placed in Gaumont’s line-up. It stars Denis Podalydès as Nicolas Sarkozy during his electoral campaign for the French presidential elections in 2007, a journey shown to be dominated by ambition, sacrifice and paranoia.

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The team headed by Cécile Gaget (assisted mainly by Johann Comte) is also hoping for success with the world premieres of Julie Gavras’s romantic comedy Late Bloomers [+see also:
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interview: Julie Gavras
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(selected in the Berlinale Special programme, see news); and Régis Wargnier’s The Straight Line (see news), which will be unveiled at the market.

Promo-reels will also be shown for the much-awaited A Gang Story (see news) by Olivier Marchal (Department 36, MR 73); and for A Happy Event (see news) by Rémi Bezançon (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [+see also:
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), featuring Louise Bourgoin and Pio Marmaï.

Also on Gaumont’s slate are Sylvain Fusée’s quirky swashbuckler Philibert (in post-production – see news); and Eric Tolédano and Olivier Nakache’s comedy Untouchable, starring François Cluzet (in production).

Finally, there will be market screenings of Fred Cavayé’s thriller Point Blank (almost 950,000 admissions in France); Luc Vinciguerra’s animated film Santa’s Apprentice (over 600,000 admissions in France); Luc Guillard’s Jo’s Boy (heading for 1m admissions in France); and Anne Depétrini’s comedy Bacon on the Side.

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(Translated from French)

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