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French sales agents spring into action at the AFM

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- Around 20 French companies are attending the last major international market of the year, which gets under way today in Santa Monica

French sales agents spring into action at the AFM
Wise Blood by Bouli Lanners

Today, the curtain rises on the 40th AFM (American Film Market), which will unspool in Santa Monica until 13 November, and as is their wont, the French international sales agents (half of which will be grouped together under the UniFrance umbrella, at its dedicated area in the Loews Hotel) have a huge number of trump cards on their slates that they fully intend to play at the event. Here is an overview of the most enticing films and projects that are sure to tempt distributors from all around the world.

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Playtime will be unveiling the market premiere of The Breitner Commando by Abdel Raouf Dafri (see the news), and will be selling Wise Blood by Belgium’s Bouli Lanners (see the article), which is currently being shot, based on its screenplay. It will also be touting five features in post-production: The Notebooks by Lebanese duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Comes Morning by Japan’s Naomi Kawase, My Donkey, My Lover and I by Caroline Vignal (see the article), Playlist by Nine Antico (see the article) and Summer of 1985 by François Ozon (see the article).

Wild Bunch has announced that its line-up has been enhanced considerably by the addition of Mandibles by Quentin Dupieux (see the article – sales shared with WTFilms), The Swarm by Just Philippot (see the article), and Delete History by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine (see the article). Also of note among the firm’s slew of films are the very first images of Madame Claude by Sylvie Verheyde (see the article), and the upcoming Lumière! The Adventure Continues by Thierry Frémaux, The Salt of Tears by Philippe Garrel (see the article) and Flag Day by Sean Penn.

Kinology is setting itself apart with Annette by Leos Carax (the shoot for which has just wrapped in Belgium, toplined by Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver) and a number of titles in post-production: Bergman Island by Mia Hansen-Løve (with Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie in the lead roles), A Mermaid in Paris by Mathias Malzieu (see the article) and How I Became a Superhero by Douglas Attal.

Indie Sales, which has just added Dead & Beautiful by Dutch director David Verbeek (complete with a promo-reel to back it up) to its slate, will also be pinning its hopes on On a Half Clear Morning by Bruno Dumont (currently being filmed – see the article) and two movies in post-production: All the Dead Ones by Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra (a co-production between Brazil and France), and Bigger Than Us by Flore Vasseur, a socially engaged documentary about activism (staged by Elzevir Films together with Marion Cotillard for All You Need is Prod, among others). We should also point out the market premiere of Our Lady of the Nile [+see also:
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by Atiq Rahimi (first unveiled at Toronto) and a teaser for Calamity by France’s Rémi Chayé, an animated feature currently in the making.

Bac Films will be selling The Case by Bernard Stora (see the article) based on a promo-reel, as well as several other titles in post-production, with the very first images of Home by Germany’s Franka Potente (starring Jake McLauglin and Kathy Bates – see the article) and of the French-German animated movie Yakari by Xavier Giacometti and Toby Genkel, plus a promo-reel for Wildland by Denmark’s Jeanette Nordahl (toplined by Sidse Babett Knudsen). The firm will be negotiating deals for The Man Who Sold His Skin by Tunisia’s Kaouther Ben Hania (starring Monica Bellucci) based on its screenplay, and it will show the very first images of the French-Belgian co-production Our Men by Rachel Lang (toplined by Louis Garrel – see the news).

Meanwhile, mk2 Films will be kicking off the pre-sales for The Big Hit by Emmanuel Courcol (see the article), which is currently being shot, and will be negotiating deals for the documentaries Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful by Germany’s Gero Von Boehm (with a brand-new promo-reel to boot), Birds of America by France’s Jacques Loeuille and So Close to My Land by China’s Jia Zhangke, all in post-production.

Le Pacte will be organising a screening of Citizens of the World by Italy’s Gianni di Gregorio (see the article), the doc Phil Tippet – Mad Dreams and Monsters by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet, and its Venice-awarded Madre [+see also:
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by Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen, while also unveiling a promo-reel for Mama Weed by Jean-Paul Salomé (see the article – in post-production, toplined by Isabelle Huppert).

Charades will have particularly high hopes for Suicide Tourist [+see also:
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by Denmark’s Jonas Alexander Arnby and will be pre-selling other titles such as Cosmogony by France’s Vincent Paronnaud and the US-UK production Mughal Mowgli by Bassam Tariq (with Riz Ahmed in the lead role).

SND M6 will be showing off the very first images of De Gaulle by Gabriel Le Bomin (see the article), Appearances by Marc Fitoussi (see the article), the comedy A Friendly Tale by Daniel Cohen (starring Bérénice Bejo, Vincent Cassel, François Damiens and Florence Foresti) and the chilling Kandisha by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (see the article), but will also unsheathe a promo-reel for Poly by Nicolas Vanier (starring Julie Gayet and François Cluzet).

The recently founded Pulsar Content will be pinning its hopes on the projects I’m Going to Kill You by Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn, The Deep House by French duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, and Resurrected by Russia’s Egor Baranov, while also touting the completed movies Simon’s Got a Gift by Léo Karmann and the documentary Aznavour by Charles by Marc Di Domenico.

WTFilms will be pre-selling the rural-set fantasy flick Teddy by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma (see the article), currently in post-production, as well as lining up a slew of market premieres, including Anderson Falls by Julien Seri.

TF1 Studio will be presenting the market premiere of Into the Labyrinth [+see also:
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by Italy’s Donato Carrisi and will be pre-selling a number of titles in post-production: Way Down (see the article) by Spanish fright master Jaume Balagueró and the spy comedy The Lion by Ludovic Colbeau-Justin (starring Dany Boon and Philippe Katerine – see the article).

Gaumont, which will be showing off #iamhere by Éric Lartigau, Queens of the Field by Mohamed Hamidi (see the article), Three Days and a Life [+see also:
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by Nicolas Boukhrief and the premiere of the South Korean film The Beast, also has From Africa With Love by Nicolas Bedos up its sleeve, the shoot for which is about to get under way, with a cast including Jean Dujardin and Pierre Niney. Also standing proud on the line-up are the titles Bye Bye Morons by Albert Dupontel (see the article), Rogue City by Oliver Marchal and the comedy Family Swap by Jean-Patrick Benes, all presently in post-production.

StudioCanal will be rocking up in Santa Monica with a jam-packed slate, which includes screenings of the animated movie Samsam by Tanguy de Kermel, Perfect Nanny by Lucie Borleteau and My Stupid Dog [+see also:
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by Yvan Attal. Standing out among the titles in post-production are Night Shift by Anne Fontaine (see the article), the horror flick 32 Malasaña Street by Spaniard Albert Pintó (which will go on general release in Spain on 17 January 2020), The Lost Prince by Michel Hazanavicus (see the article), Gunpowder Milkshake by Navot Papushado, The Secret Garden by Marc Munden (toplined by Colin Firth) and Louis Wain by Will Sharpe (starring Benedict Cumberbatch). And that’s not to mention The Wolf and the Lion by Gilles de Maistre, which is currently being shot.

Orange Studio will unveil the market premiere of the horror movie Achoura by Talal Selhami and has just announced that Last Film Show by Pan Nalin, an Indian-Hungarian-French film currently being shot, has been added to its line-up.

Several other French international sales agents are also at the AFM, champing at the bit to unleash the contents of their slates, such as Memento Films International, Pathé International, Elle Driver, Other Angle Pictures (with, among others, the market premiere of Docteur ? by Tristan Séguéla – see the article) and Wide (with the premiere of the thriller Blast by Vanya Peirani-Vignes).

(Translated from French)

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