31 market premieres to screen at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris
- Organised online this year from 13 to 15 January, UniFrance's event will provide upwards of 800 buyers from 59 countries with the opportunity to discover the line-ups of 44 French sales agents
Scores of cinemas around the world might still be closed on account of the health crisis (resulting in a huge number of films awaiting release and the prospect of hefty backlogs once movie-theatres are eventually given the green light), but the ability of film industry professionals to look to the future, not to mention the appeal of French films, both remain fully intact, as evidenced by the mighty battalion of 800 buyers, hailing from 59 countries, who have signed up for the 23rd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, which will this year unfold online, between 13 and 15 January, under the aegis of UniFrance (steered by Executive Director Daniela Elstner and President Serge Toubiana). The event is preceded, today, by an assortment of online panels and keynote speeches, under the banner “Beyond Borders” (which can be followed live here), and will also host an XXL press junket involving 90 artists (filmmakers and actors) who are toplining a variety of French films - whose 2021 release is the subject of much excitement around the world - and who are scheduled to meet with 144 international journalists via videoconference as part of the Rendez-Vous event. All this, without forgetting the launch of the 11th MyFrenchFilmFestival on 15 January (article).
Over the course of the three-day online market, buyers will get to watch 67 French films (31 of which will be market premieres) via a dedicated and secure Cinando website, and will also get to negotiate over the 136 French productions or co-productions presented within the remarkably diverse line-ups put forward by the 44 French international sales agents in action.
Wild Bunch International will be screening A Brighter Tomorrow by Yassine Qnia in a market premiere, and will notably be pre-selling post-production titles Deception by Arnaud Desplechin (article), Titane by Julia Ducournau (news), Incredible But True by Quentin Dupieux (news), Happening by Audrey Diwan (based upon Annie Ernaux’s novel of the same name and starring Anamaria Vartolomei, Sandrine Bonnaire and Pio Marmaï) and The Road Ahead by Nessim Chikhaoui (starring Shaïn Boumedine at the head of the cast), without forgetting Earwig by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (article), and a film which is currently in the shooting phase: Fire by Claire Denis (involving a love triangle composed of Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon and Grégoire Colin, with sales jointly managed by French-British firm Anton).
Playtime will be wagering on the market premiere of Nine Antico’s Playlist and will also be wielding an incredible number of more or less secret weapons shining bright in post-production, including Arthur Rambo by Laurent Cantet, Paris 13th District by Jacques Audiard (news), Everything Went Fine by François Ozon, 15 Ways to Kill Your Neighbour by Santiago Mitre (article), The Notebooks by the directorial duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, and Nobody Has To Know by Bouli Lanners, not to mention Inexorable by Fabrice du Welz and Joan by Laurent Larivière (article). For its part, Playtime’s Belgian subsidiary Be For Films has a few aces up its sleeves in post-production, in the form of Azor by Andreas Fontana (news) and Little Lesson of Love by Ève Deboise.
Over and above the market premieres of the documentaries C’est toi que j’attendais by Stéphanie Pillonca and Gallant Indies by Philippe Béziat, Pyramide International will be pinning their hopes on the post-production titles Selon la police by Frédéric Videau (article) and La place d’une autre by Aurélia Georges (article).
Also on the agenda, courtesy of Charades, is a market premiere of Skies of Lebanon by Chloé Mazlo (awarded Cannes’ 2020 Critics’ Week label) and, among other French titles in post-production, Little Nicolas’ Treasure by Julien Rappeneau, The Test by Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud (article), Madeleine Collins by Antoine Barraud (article) and Carpe Diem by Emmanuel Marre (news).
Le Pacte, who will be unveiling Tokyo Shaking by Olivier Peyon (article) and Three Times Nothing by Nadège Loiseau (news), will also be banking - post-production-wise - on Besties by Marion Desseigne Ravel (article) and Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle by Arthur Harari.
Indie Sales will primarily place its trust in the future with three post-production works: France by Bruno Dumont, Florence Miailhe’s animated film The Crossing and Flore Vasseur’s documentary Bigger than Us.
Best Friend Forever (Indie Sales’ Belgian subsidiary) will offer up two appealing market premieres in the form of I Comete – A Corsican Summer by Pascal Tagnati (which is set to compete in Rotterdam’s 2021 Tiger Competition) and Louloute [+see also:
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Kinology will also be flaunting an eye-catching selection of films in post-production, namely Annette by Leos Carax, Bergman Island by Mia Hansen-Løve, Dirty Paradise by Bertrand Mandico (article), Le genou d’Ahed by Nadav Lapid and Eugénie Grandet by Marc Dugain.
Three market premieres will come courtesy of WTFilms, in the form of Margaux Hartmann [+see also:
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Gaumont will treat buyers to market premieres of Aline, The Voice of Love by Valérie Lemercier and Vicky and Her Mystery by Denis Imbert, while Hold Me Tight by Mathieu Amalric, Fantasies by David and Stéphane Foenkinos, Lost Illusions by Xavier Giannoli (news), From Africa With Love by Nicolas Bedos (news) and The Accusation by Yvan Attal (article) are also worth mentioning on their post-production film slate.
France TV Distribution will bank on the market premiere of Hommes au bord de la crise de nerfs by Audrey Dana.
Bac Films will wager on a market premiere of The Enemy [+see also:
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film profile] by Stephan Streker and will be banking, in post-production terms, on Our Men by Rachel Lang and Nicolas Pleskok’s soon-to-wrap work The Murder Party (news).
Orange Studio will be presenting three market premieres, in the form of C’est magnifique ! by Clovis Cornillac and comedies L’homme parfait by Xavier Durringer and The Imaginary Doctor by Ahmed Hamidi.
Other Angle Pictures will also put forward a trio of market premiere comedies; namely The Butcher’s Daughter by Christopher Thompson (news), Retirement Home by Thomas Gilou and Spoiled Brats by Nicolas Cuche.
Pathé International will likewise pin their hopes on three market premieres, composed of Envole-moi by Christophe Barratier, Christmas with the Tuches by Olivier Baroux and Knock, Knock, It’s Mom by Éric Lavaine.
Last but not least, mk2 Films will chiefly try their luck with post-production movies The Young Lovers by Carine Tardieu (article), The Love Letter by Jérôme Bonnell and Petite Solange by Axelle Ropert (article).
Buyers will also have the opportunity to negotiate with all those French international sales agents who aren’t offering market premieres but whose line-ups are full to bursting with highly diverse titles, whether finished, in post-production, in production or at the project stage: Memento Films International, The Party Film Sales, Luxbox (who have The Restless by Joachim Lafosse in post-production – news), Alpha Violet, Loco Films, Funny Balloons, Shellac (Our Eternal Summer by Émilie Aussel in post-production), Pulsar Content, Coproduction Office, Celluloid Dreams, TF1 Studio, StudioCanal, Wide, Urban Distribution International, Alfama Films, Cinexport, Cité Films, MPM Premium and Autour de Minuit, not to mention Reel Suspects (news) and SND (read our article - who will notably open the online Meetings with a market premiere of Délicieux by Éric Besnard).
(Translated from French)
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