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Films Distribution at full tilt

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Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian: the international sales team at Films Distribution, headed by Français Yon, has a busy time ahead.

First port of call is Venice (August 30-September 9), where the French outfit will present two of its features in official competition: Falling [+see also:
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by Austria’s Barbara Albert and Private Property [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse (see interview).

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Lined up in the Venice Days sidebar is La noche de los girasoles [+see also:
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interview: Alina Sigaro
interview: Belén Bernuy
interview: Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo
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(lit. "The Night of the Sunflowers") by Spain’s Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo (see Focus).

The 31st Toronto International Film Festival (September 7-16) also has its fair share of films sold by Films Distribution, who is presently gaining renown on all markets. Three Cannes gems – Days of Glory [+see also:
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interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
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by Rachid Bouchareb (recently acquired by The Weinstein Company and IFC Films for North America), Flanders [+see also:
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by Bruno Dumont and Denis Dercourt’s The Page Turner [+see also:
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interview: Denis Dercourt
interview: Michel Saint-Jean
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(see Focus) – along with the two official competition titles at Venice all feature in the Canadian festival’s line-up.

Also present at Toronto will be Oh La La [+see also:
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by Anne Fontaine; Robert Guédiguian’s Armenia [+see also:
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; Cages by Belgium’s Olivier Masset-Depasse (see interview); One To Another [+see also:
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by directing duo Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr; and Born & Bred by Argentina’s Pablo Trapero.

Films Distribution’s last stop is the 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival (September 21-30, 2006), with French/Spanish co-production Lo que sé de Lola (lit. "What I Know About Lola") by Javier Rebollo, selected in competition.

In addition to its Venice-Toronto-San Sebastian journey, the French outfit also hopes to do good business with the rest of its line-up, which includes two Locarno winners: Laurent Achard’s Demented [+see also:
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interview: Dominique Barneaud
interview: Laurent Achard
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and Isabelle Czajka’s The Year After [+see also:
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Hopes are also high for Wolfsbergen by Dutch helmer Nanouk Leopold, Tehilim by Raphaël Nadjari, Pascale Ferran’s Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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, Le Parc by Arnaud des Pallières, La question humaine (lit. “The Human Experience”) by Nicolas Klotz, animated title Piccolo & Saxo by Eric Gutierrez and Marco Villamizar, as well as the documentaries Lagerfeld Confidential by Rodolphe Marconi and Return To Normandy [+see also:
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by Nicolas Philibert.

(Translated from French)

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