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46 market premieres are due to be showcased at the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris

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- More than 500 buyers, 45 sellers, 100 artists and 120 international journalists are due to touch down in the French capital from 17 to 21 January

46 market premieres are due to be showcased at the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris
Who You Think I Am by Safy Nebbou

A well-timed event – given that it’s due to take place just a few weeks before the European Film Market at Berlinale – the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, organised by UniFrance, makes use of a formula that has proved to be very successful thus far. Its 21nd edition, which is due to take place from 17 to 21 January, will certainly be no exception, with the market gearing up to welcome more than 500 buyers this year (with a few platforms joining more traditional distributors), as well as 45 French international sales companies, whose line-ups consist of at least 160 French films (including co-productions), 46 of which will be showcased as market premieres. And that’s not forgetting the XXL junket, which will encourage conversation between 100 French artists (filmmakers and actors) and 120 journalists from 32 different countries. 

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In addition to Memento Films International (read the article here) and SND (news - a line-up that includes the comedy film Play by Anthony Marciano), Orange Studio stands among the sellers at this year’s edition, bringing five premieres to the market: Heavy Duty [+see also:
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by Bertrand Blier, Battle of the Classes [+see also:
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by Michel Leclerc, City Hunter [+see also:
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by Philippe Lacheau, For The Ones We Loved… [+see also:
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by Pascal Thomas and Alone at Sea [+see also:
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by Éric Bellion, as well as the opening film, Serial Bad Weddings 2 [+see also:
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by Philippe de Chauveron (whose opening run did very well at the French box office in 2014, with 12.3 million admissions and 9.8 million international viewers).

Playtime will be in attendance with three market premieres: Who You Think I Am [+see also:
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by Safy Nebbou (an invitation-only screening, presented at a gala dinner in Berlin), Escape from Raqqa [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Hamon and Who Killed Lady Winsley? [+see also:
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by Hiner Saleem.

Le Pacte will be premiering Father and Sons [+see also:
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by Félix Moati which has generated a bit of a buzz, My Polish Honeymoon [+see also:
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by Elise Otzenberger and the documentary Santiago, Italia [+see also:
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by Nanni Moretti (discovered at Turin Film Festival).

Charades will be showcasing the comedy Invisibles [+see also:
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by Louis-Jean Petit, which attracted 300,000 admissions in just five days in French cinemas, The Shiny Shrimps by Cédric Le Gallo and Maxime Govare and Conviction [+see also:
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by Antoine Raimbault.

WTFilms will be premiering Adopt a Daddy [+see also:
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by Xavier de Choudens, Meltem [+see also:
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by the French-Greek filmmaker Basile Doganis and Looking for Leila by Naidra Ayadi.

The Bureau Sales will be in attendance with the excellent Our Wonderful Lives [+see also:
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by Fabienne Godet, which will be making its international premiere at Rotterdam.

Loco Films’s ambitious line-up includes Paper Flags [+see also:
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by the prodigy Nathan Ambrosioni (19 years old), after being discovered at La Roche-sur-Yon.

Also showcasing films in premiere are Elle Driver with Casanova, Last Love [+see also:
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by Benoît Jacquot, Bac Films with Snowlidays [+see also:
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by Joséphine de Meaux and Pyramide with A Clever Crook [+see also:
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by Lucas Bernard.

Gaumont will be unveiling The Mystery of Henri Pick [+see also:
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by Rémi Bezançon and the comedy No Filter [+see also:
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by Éric Lavaine.

Doc & Film International is pinning its hopes on the market premiere of Whatever Happened to My Revolution [+see also:
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by Judith Davis – winner of the jury Valois Award at Angoulême Film Festival – and will be initiating pre-sales for Des hommes, the latest feature (to be filmed in the spring) by Lucas Belvaux, due to star Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Frot.

StudioCanal will be in attendance with Love at First Sight [+see also:
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by Hugo Gélin (article) and Freak & Chic by Yann L’Hénoret.

UDI will also be showcasing the market premiere of Territory of Love by Romain Cogitore (article).

TF1 Studio will be in attendance with three comedy premieres: Made in China by Julien Abraham, Ni une ni deux by Anne Giafferi and Roxane by Mélanie Auffret.

Wide is hoping for success with the genre film Versus by François Vallat and My Brothers [+see also:
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by Bertrand Guerry, while Wide House will be screening the documentary Still Standing by Stéphane Haskell (by invitation only).

Pathé International will also be premiering a few comedies, with Sweetheart by Lisa Azuelos and Dad Friend [+see also:
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by François Desagnat.

Other Angle Pictures is also due to attend with three market premieres: All Inclusive [+see also:
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by Fabien Onteniente, Walter by Varante Soudjian and In the Move for Love [+see also:
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by Romane Bohringer and Philippe Rebbot, winner of the Audience Award at Angoulême.

Jour2Fête will be presenting the documentary The Grand Hotel Ballet by Jacques Deschamps, while MPM Premium will be in attendance with Le Choc du futur by Marc Collin, Reel Suspects with Amare Amaro [+see also:
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by Julien Paolini and Futurikon with the market premiere of the animated film Minuscule - Mandibles From Far Away [+see also:
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by the duo Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud (unveiled at Toronto Film Festival). Finally, the Belgium company Be For Films (a branch of Playtime) will be showcasing the market premiere of A Golden Youth [+see also:
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by Eva Ionesco, which comes out in French cinemas today and is due to be screened at Rotterdam Film Festival in the Voices section.

As can be expected, all French sellers will be attempting to strike deals, Wild Bunch included, with market premieres of Yao [+see also:
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by Philippe Godeau, Rebels [+see also:
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by Allan Mauduit (article) and Raoul Taburin by Pierre Godeau, along with new titles such as Just Great by Guillaume Nicloux (article), In the Name of the Land by Edouard Bergeon (article) and Persona non grata by Roschdy Zem (article).

Also of note is mk2 Films’s attendance with a fantastic trio of films slated to be ready by the spring: Portrait of a Lady on Fire by the French director Céline Sciamma, Sibyl by Justine Triet and the French co-production The Whistlers by the Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu.

Finally, Indie Sales, Celluloid Dreams, Alpha Violet, Stray Dogs, Coproduction Office, Les Films du Losange, Versatile, SBS, Alfama and Totem Films will also be participating at the Parisian Rendez-Vous, a market that promises great business for French cinema and its quality, quantity and diversity.

(Translated from French)

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