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BERLIN 2006 Market

The French lead the way

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The French international sales companies set out in tight ranks for the European Film Market in Berlin. Along with Wild Bunch ( see article) and Celluloïd Dreams (see article), the French "delegation" has a lot of potential. In particular, TF1 International - whose Italian film Crime Novel [+see also:
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by Michele Placido is screening in official competition – is betting, notably, on La Môme (lit. "The Kid") by Olivier Dahan, Broadway dans la tête (lit. "Broadway On My Mind") by Alain Berliner, Les Brigades du Tigre [+see also:
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(lit. "The Tiger Brigades")
by Jérôme Cornuau and Fair Play by Lionel Bailliu, while continuing to promote Captaine Alatriste by Agustin Diaz Yanes. For its part, Gaumont is riding the wave of excellent results achieved at Sundance with The Science of Sleep [+see also:
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by Michel Gondry, an official selection out of competition at Berlin, and they continue to negotiate deals for the big guns in their line-up: The Valet [+see also:
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by Francis Veber, Royal Palace! by Valérie Lemercier, The Trail by Eric Valli, Un ticket pour l’espace (lit. "A Ticket For Space") by Eric Lartigau, Pars vite, reviens tard (lit."Go Quickly, Come Back Late") by Régis Wargnier, La Faute à Fidel (lit. "Fidel’s Fault") by Julie Gavras and Planète Terre (lit. "Planet Earth") by Alastair Fothergill.

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Films Distribution’s shop window has a great deal of allure, and includes, among others, Angosto from Spaniard Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo, Armenia by Robert Guédiguian, Retour en Normandie (lit. "Return To Normandy") by Nicolas Philibert, Indigènes [+see also:
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interview: Rachid Bouchareb
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(lit. "Natives") by Rachid Bouchareb, Flandres [+see also:
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by Bruno Dumont, Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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by Pascale Ferran, the animated feature Piccolo & Saxo and La raison du plus faible [+see also:
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(lit. "The Most Feeble Excuse") by Lucas Belvaux, plus the two films selected for the Berlin Forum: Beyond Hatred [+see also:
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by Olivier Meyrou and Hotel Harabit [+see also:
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by Brice Cauvin.

As for UGC International, buyers, no doubt, will be attracted to the upcoming projects by some of their big directors: Claude Miller’s Le secret [+see also:
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) (lit. "The Secret"), André Téchiné’s Les Témoins (lit. "The Witnesses") and Thierry Klifa’s Le héros de la famille (lit. "The Hero Of The Family"). Studio Canal can count, above all, on Four Stars [+see also:
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by Christian Vincent, screening in the Panorama, and projects such as Mathieu Kassovitz’s Babylone AD and Wong Kar-Wai’s Lady from Shangai with Nicole Kidman, without forgetting Inland Empire by David Lynch, Fauteuils d'orchestre [+see also:
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(lit. "Orchestra Chairs") by Danièle Thompson, I Am the Other Woman by Margarethe von Trotta and California by Jacques Fieschi. Lastly, Gemini is launches Quelques jours en septembre (lit. "A Few Days In September") by Santiago Amigorena and Dans Paris [+see also:
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(lit. "In Paris") by Christophe Honoré.

(Translated from French)

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