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40 French productions and coproductions in Toronto

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- French cinema massively showcased at the Canadian event with many premieres scheduled and well-prepared sellers

40 French productions and coproductions in Toronto

Years go by and look alike for French cinema, once again making its presence felt at the Toronto Film Festival whose 38th edition begins today. With 40 French selected productions and coproductions, business opportunities won’t be lacking for sellers during the Canadian event’s informal and ultra-dynamic film market.  

The Gala projections will feature Les Beaux jours [+see also:
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by Marion Vernoux (news - sales Le Pacte) and the film selected in Cannes Blood Ties [+see also:
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by Guillaume Canet (read the review - Wild Bunch).

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Several international premieres are also on the programme of the Special Presentations section with Love is the Perfect Crime by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu (news - sales Gaumont), L'Epreuve d'une vie by Nils Tavernier (article - Pathé), Going Away by Nicole Garcia (article - Wild Bunch), Attila Marcel by Sylvain Chomet (article - Pathé), Rock the Casbah [+see also:
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by Laïla Marrakchi (Pathé), Quai d'Orsay by Bertrand Tavernier (article - Pathé) and Violette by Martin Provost (article - Doc & Films International). Also present, the competitor from Venice A Promise [+see also:
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by Patrice Leconte (Wild Bunch) and three from Cannes: the Palme d'Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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by Abdellatif Kechiche (Wild Bunch), the award-winning The Past [+see also:
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by Asghar Farhadi (read the review - Memento Films International) and Young and Beautiful [+see also:
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by François Ozon (Wild Bunch).

Premieres also for Abuse of Weakness [+see also:
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by Catherine Breillat (article - sales Rezo) in the Masters programme which also includes the competitor from Cannes Bastards [+see also:
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by Claire Denis (review - Wild Bunch), whilst the Contemporary World Cinema Programme will unveil Friends from France [+see also:
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by duo Anne Weil - Philippe Kotlarski (article - Pyramide) and Des étoiles by Diana Gaye (article - Films Distribution), accompanied by the surprise from Cannes Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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by Alain Guiraudie (Les Films du Losange) and the Venetian title Eastern Boys [+see also:
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by Robin Campillo (news - Films Distribution).

The Discovery programme features Salvation Army [+see also:
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by Abdellah Taïa (news) and Giraffada by Rani Massalha (Pyramide), whilst Amazonia [+see also:
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by Thierry Ragobert (Le Pacte), which will close Venice, will be screened in the TIFF Kids section.

As for documentaries, it is worth mentioning the Cannes selection Le Dernier des injustes [+see also:
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by Claude Lanzmann (Le Pacte) and Ain’t Misbehavin [+see also:
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by Marcel Ophuls (Wide). Finally, in terms of French majority productions, the Wavelengths section features The Missing Picture [+see also:
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by Rithy Panh (winner at the Certain Regard in Cannes - sales Films Distribution), Pays barbare [+see also:
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by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Un conte de Michel de Montaigne by Jean-Marie Straub and Franco-Estonian title A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness by Ben Russell and Ben Rivers.

Many minority French coproductions will also be showcased in Toronto. Love Punchby British director Joel Hopkins (sales SND) particularly stands out, as well asThe Lunchboxby Indian director Ritesh Batra screened in the Gala section, and La grande bellezza [+see also:
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by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (sales Pathé) in the Special Presentation, Mary Queen of Scots [+see also:
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by Swiss director Thomas Imbach, Pionnier by Norwegian director Erik Skjolbjaerg and the competitor from Venice Tom at the Farm [+see also:
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by Canadian director Xavier Dolan (sales MK2). It is also worth noting the world premiere of Las brujas de Zugarramurdiby Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia in Midnight Madness andThe Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears [+see also:
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by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (sales Bac Films) in the Vangard section. The Contemporary World Cinema features El Mudo by Daniel and Diego Vega (sales Urban Distribution international), An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker [+see also:
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by Danis Tanovic, Paradis espoir by Ulrich Seidl (Coproduction Office). L'été des poissons volants by Marcela Saïd (sales Alpha Violet) was selected for Discovery, Faith Connections by Indian director Pan Nalin for TIFF Docs and the competitor from Venice Stray Dogs [+see also:
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by Tsai Ming-Liang (Urban Distribution International) and Trois exercices d'interprétation by Romanian director Cristi Puiu for Wavelenghts. An impressive showcase of titles that should insure a multitude of French sales in Toronto.

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