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CANNES 2020 Marché du Film

French sales agents get into action at Cannes Online

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- Wild Bunch, Playtime, mk2 Films, WTFilms, StudioCanal, Celluloid Dreams and other French international sales agents reveal their ambitions online

French sales agents get into action at Cannes Online
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Today is the first of five days of business in a brand new virtual environment at the Marché du Film (22 - 26 June) of the Cannes Film Festival, and the very dynamic French international sales agents are of course present, with line-ups including feature films from all over the world, many of them recipients of a label (Cannes 73 Official Selection, Critics' Week or ACID). We complete our overview of those line-ups.

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Shining bright as ever in Cannes, Wild Bunch is selling seven label recipients: Maïwenn’s DNA [+see also:
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, Bruno Podalydès’ French Tech [+see also:
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(starring Sandrine Kiberlain, Denis Podalydès as well as the director), Samir Guesmi’s Ibrahim [+see also:
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(the actor’s first feature film as a director), Just Philippot’s The Swarm [+see also:
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(recipient of a Critics’ Week label - released in France on 4 November via The Jokers), Home Front [+see also:
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from Belgian director Lucas Belvaux (sales shared with The Party Film Sales), Beginning [+see also:
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from Georgian filmmaker Dea Kulumbegashvili and the animated film Earwig and the Witch from Japanese director Gorô Miyazaki.

The Wild Bunch team (which has just obtained a line of credit worth €35 Million from Commerbank for its future acquisitions) is also negotiating on a series of upcoming titles. Standing out in post-production are the animated films The Summit Of The Gods from Patrick Imbert and Where Is Anne Frank? from Israeli director Ari Folman, For Better and For Worse by Stéphane Brizé, Thierry de Peretti’s Undercover, Sylvie Verheyde’s Madame Claude,  Yassine Qnia’s A Brighter Tomorrow, the documentary Lumière! The Adventure Continues by Thierry Frémaux, The Third War [+see also:
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from Italian director Giovanni Aloï, Unclenching The Fists from Russian filmmaker Kira Kovalenko, Animals from Belgian director Nabil Ben Yadir, Hatching from Finnish director Hanna Bergholm, Taste from Vietnamese filmmaker Le Bao, Harami from Indian director Shyam Madiraju, Shake Your Cares Away from Israeli director Tom Shoval, Flag Day from American filmmaker Sean Penn and Mainstream from Gia Coppola. Worth noting and nearing the end of production is The Crusade by and starring Louis Garrel, and, in pre-production Julia Ducournau’s Titane and Caravaggio’s Shadow from Italian director Michele Placido.

Also at the forefront at Cannes’ market, Playtime is selling three feature-length recipients of the Cannes 73 Official Selection label: François Ozon’s Summer of 85 [+see also:
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and Caroline Vignal’s My Donkey, My Lover & I [+see also:
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(both will be distributed in France by Diaphana, on 14 July and 16 September, respectively), as well as True Mothers from Japanese director Naomi Kawase. Standing out from the post-production line-up are Laurent Cantet’s Arthur Rambo, 15 Ways To Kill from Argentine filmmaker Santiago Mitre, Memory Box from Lebanese directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, the English language feature film Wise Blood from Belgian filmmaker Bouli Lanners and Tim Mielants, Libertad from Spanish director Clara Roquet, Sans Soleil from Belgian filmmaker Banu Akseki and Nine Antico’s Playlist.

The sales team of mk2 Films will be screening at the market two films given the official Selection label: The Big Hit from French filmmaker Emmanuel Courcol (released in France on 28 October via Memento) and the Israelo-Italian co-production Here We Are by Nir Bergman. Pre-sales are continuing on The Worst Person In The World from Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier (which will begin filming in August) and on two films currently in production, Axelle Roppert’s Petite Solange and Alex Helfrecht’s A Winter’s Journey. Joining the line-up are Carine Tardieu’s The Young Lovers (filming at the end of the summer and starring Fanny Ardant and Melvil Poupaud) and the animation project The Inventor (about the life of Leonard de Vinci) by Jim Capobianco.

Continuing its exponential growth, WTFilms is betting on three French recipients of the label: Farid Bentoumi’s Red Soil [+see also:
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, Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma’s Teddy [+see also:
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and Anna Cazenave Cambet’s Gold for Dogs [+see also:
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(Critics’ Week label). The line-up also includes British thriller Knuckledust by James Kermack and, in post-production, Quentin Dupieux’s Mandibles [+see also:
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, Baptiste Drapeau’s The Lodger, Patrick Ridremont’s The Advent Calendar (released in France on 2 December by Alba Films) and  Mathieu Turi’s Meander [+see also:
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Five other French international sales agents are each handling one film given a Cannes label: Elle Driver with Emmanuel Mouret’s Love Affair(s) [+see also:
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(released in France on 16 September via Pyramide), StudioCanal with Laurent Lafitte’s The Origin of the World [+see also:
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(in French cinemas from 4 November), Versatile with Pleasure from Swedish director Ninja Thyberg, Celluloid Dreams with the Brazil-France co-production Memory House [+see also:
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by Joao Paulo Miranda Maria (also worth noting in their lineup is Miss Marx [+see also:
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from Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli, currently in post-production, and the Canada-France-Hungary co-production Infinity Pool by Brandon Cronenberg, currently in pre-production) and The Bureau Sales with the British feature debut After Love [+see also:
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interview: Aleem Khan
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 by Aleem Khan (recipient of the Critics’ Week label).

Also worth noting is the creation of Reservoir Docs (former Wide House, still headed by Anaïs Clanet who is now associated with Frédéric Corvez’s group Urban).

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(Translated from French)

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