50 premières at the Rendez-vous of French cinema
by Fabien Lemercier
- 450 distributors from 56 countries and 110 films are on the programme of the Parisian market organized by Unifrance which begins today
An ideal business platform in anticipation of the festivals of Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin, the 16th Rendez-vous of French cinema, organized by UniFrance (read the interview of the president Jean-Paul Salomé), begin today in Paris. The four day market should generate very good business for the 35 French international sales companies which will present 110 French films (including 50 as world premieres) to 450 distributors from 56 countries. The event was opened by the animated film Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by duo Mathias Malzieu - Stéphane Berla (article), sold by EuropaCorp.
Amongst the most active operators, Films Distribution stands out by betting on the premiere of Not My type by Luca Belvaux (read the article), Week-endsby Anne Villacèque (article),The Coat of the Zebra [+see also:
film profile] by Benoît Mariage, the comedy Crocodile of Botswanga by duo Fabrice Eboué - Fabrice Steketee (article), Kidon by Emanuel Naccache and the animated movie Wolfy - The incredible Secret [+see also:
film profile] by Grégoire Solotereff and Eric Omond.
Pathé International’s line-up features the premieres of Jacky In The Kingdom Of Women [+see also:
film profile] by Riad Sattouf (article) and Quantum Love by Lisa Azuelos (with Sophie Marceau and François Cluzet), whilst Gaumont will reveal Quarter-Life Crisis by Benjamin Guedj (article).
Other Angle Pictures presents a tidal wave of premieres that includes His Wife by Michel Spinosa (with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal in the cast - article), Les gazelles by Mona Achache, Le dernier diamant byEric Barbier (starring Bérénice Béjo - article) andTrapped [+see also:
film profile] by Yannick Saillet (article).
SND will also be showcasing a wide line up with the market premieres of Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
interview: Jalil Lespert
film profile] by Jalil Lespert (which will open the Panorama of the Berlinale), Marseille by Olivier Panchot (article), Paris follies by Marc Fitoussi (starring Isabelle Huppert - article) and La pièce manquante [+see also:
film profile] by Nicolas Birkenstock (news), as well as the animated films Aunt Hilda! [+see also:
interview: Jacques-Rémy Girerd
film profile] and My Mommy is in america and She Met Buffalo Bill [+see also:
Premieres also for Rezo with A coup sûr by novelistDelphine Le Vigan (article), Bac Films with Human Capital [+see also:
interview: Paolo Virzì
film profile] by Italian director Paolo Virzi (read the interview), Elle Driver with Les yeux jaunes du crocodile by Cécile Telerman (with Emmanuelle Béart and Julie Depardieu), and StudioCanal with Anything for Alice [+see also:
film profile] by Nicolas Cuche
The market will also see Wild Bunch present a special promoreel session for Les vacances du Petit Nicolas by Laurent Tirard in the presence of the film’s team and the screening notably of In the Courtyard by Pierre Salvadori (article), I'll Bury You by Sylvestre Sbille, WTF by the comedic web phenomenon Remi Gaillard and the comedyThree Brothers: the Return by trio (Bourdon-Campan-Légitimus).
Beyond these films, all the very dynamic French international sales companies (including, amongst others, Pyramide, Le Pacte, Kinology, Memento, Alfama, Doc & Film, Indie Sales, MK2, Celluloid Dreams, Coproduction Office, Urban Distribution, Wide, TF1 International, Premium Films, Reel Suspects, Versatile, etc) will be busy in Paris negotiating all the upcoming titles of their copious line-ups.
It is worth noting that these 16th Rendez-vous of French cinema will continue under the direction of UniFrance with the most important press junket in the world which will bring together in Paris, from January 17 to 20, 130 journalists (mainly from Europe) and 100 French actors and filmmakers for around 1000 scheduled interviews.
(Translated from French)
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