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Jour2Fête and Doc & Film to launch The Party Film Sales

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- The two international sales teams are now joining forces under the same banner; the new outfit will be officially launched in Berlin, at the EFM

Jour2Fête and Doc & Film to launch The Party Film Sales

After the acquisition of international sales company Doc & Film International by Paris-based distribution and sales company Jour2Fête (see the news), the two international sales teams are now joining forces under one and the same banner: The Party Film Sales. The French distribution activity will remain under the same Jour2Fête label.

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The new outfit will sell both catalogues and will be launching a carefully balanced selection of documentaries and fiction films every year, thus keeping both lines of business alive and making use of their savoir-faire. The international sales team will be managed by Clémence Lavigne and Samuel Blanc. Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier, co-founders of Jour2Fête and CEOs of The Party Film Sales, will look after the acquisitions.

Chazelle and Ollagnier said: "It's really a marriage, and our wish is to carry on with the spirit of both companies. We want to build a line-up of carefully picked fiction films and documentaries for international sales, some of which will be part of our French distribution slate. It's also very important for us to keep supporting the directors whom Jour2fête and Doc&Film have been working with over the years, to discover new talents, and to continue being very passionate about the films we acquire.”

Former Doc & Film CEO Daniela Elstner said: "When I headed to UniFrance, all shareholders of Doc&Film International found in Sarah and Etienne the perfect match to take on the company, guaranteeing continuity for what Doc & Film International had stood for over the last few years. The combination of these two entities with the same taste is the perfect answer to a challenging market. I am thrilled to see both companies evolving under a new banner, and I wish them all the best for this new adventure!"

The Party Film Sales will be officially launched in Berlin, at the EFM, and part of its line-up was previously revealed at the Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in January. It includes Pompei [+see also:
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by Anna Falguères and John Shank, which will be screened as part of the Generation section at the Berlinale; À l'Abordage [+see also:
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by Guillaume Brac, which will be screened as part of the Panorama section at the Berlinale; Home Front by Lucas Belvaux, co-sold with Wild Bunch, starring Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Catherine Frot; the upcoming Jonathan Nossiter film Last Words [+see also:
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, starring Nick Nolte and Charlotte Rampling; Charlène Favier's first feature, Slalom [+see also:
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, with Jérémie Renier and Noée Abita; and Josep, an animated feature by Aurel.

According to Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier, a number of new films shall be announced during the Berlinale; they will include movies by both young directors and helmers who are already well known internationally.

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