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CANNES 2022 Marché du Film

Elle Driver to brandish three aces in Cannes


- Armed with Leila's Brothers in competition, Everybody Loves Jeanne in Critics’ Week and El agua in the Directors’ Fortnight, the Marché du Film bodes well for the French sales agent

Elle Driver to brandish three aces in Cannes
Leila's Brothers by Saeed Roustaee

For the third time since 2016, French international sales agency Elle Driver (directed by Adeline Fontan-Tessaur) boasts a Palme d’Or contender in its line-up, which is a sure way of securing good deals at the Marché du Film (running 17 – 25 May), unfolding within the wider context of the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The trump card in question is Leila's Brothers, the new feature film by on-the-rise Iranian director Saeed Roustaee who received great acclaim for his previous work Just 6.5, which was unveiled in Venice’s Orizzonti section in 2019.

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The Elle Driver team will also be negotiating on behalf of two debut feature films by women directors likewise set to be showcased on the Croisette: Everybody Loves Jeanne by France’s Céline Devaux (news - starring Blanche Gardin and Laurent Lafitte in lead roles), which will be unveiled in a Special Screening within Critics’ Week, and El agua by Spain’s Elena López Riera, set to be presented in the line-up of the Directors’ Fortnight.

Also due to arrive in the sales agent’s line-up is Making Of by Cédric Kahn (read our article – starring Emmanuelle Bercot, Denis Podalydès and Jonathan Cohen), which is currently in post-production and is set to be pre-sold based on its script.

On the topic of post-productions, the Marché du Film will see Elle Driver revealing the first images from family adventure comedy The Lulus by Yann Samuell (starring Francois Damiens, Alex Lutz, Isabelle Carré, Ahmed Sylla and Didier Bourdon), and from Guillaume Nicloux’s Lockdown Tower (article), as well as pressing on with (screenplay-based) pre-sales on Spanish director Pilar Palomero’s La Maternal (news).

Last but not least, the sales agent will boast market premieres of Freestyle by Didier Barcelo (news - starring Marina Foïs and Benjamin Voisin) and of François Descraques’ sci-fi comedy The Visitor From The Future, not to mention a mood board presentation of the animated movie in pre-production Robot Dream by Spanish helmer Pablo Berger.

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(Translated from French)

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