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Fontaine’s Monaco in Pyramide’s line-up

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In production since August 23 on the Côte d’Azur and in Paris, Anne Fontaine’s Monaco – starring Fabrice Luchini, Roschdy Zem and Louise Bourgoin – has been added to the line-up of French international sales outfit Pyramide.

The director’s credits include a Prix Jean Vigo in 1993 for her debut feature (Love Affairs Usually End Badly) and a Golden Osella for Best Script at Venice 1997 for Dry Cleaning, while her How I Killed My Father [+see also:
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competed at Locarno 2001 and In His Hands [+see also:
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was selected at the 2005 San Sebastian Film Festival. Fontaine’s previous film Oh La La! [+see also:
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was an out-of-competition entry at Cannes 2006.

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Fontaine, who co-directed Luchini’s Voyage au bout de la nuit play in 1986, wrote Monaco, in secret, with Benoît Graffin (Priceless). Produced by Bruno Pesery for Soudaine Compagnie in co-production with Philippe Carcassonne for Ciné@, the film will be released in France by Warner. The director will then get to work on her project about French fashion designer Coco Chanel (see news).

As always, Pyramide – where Yoann Ubermulhin replaced Valentina Merli as head of International Sales under the supervision of Eric Lagesse this summer (see interview) – holds a very diversified catalogue. One of the titles sold by the outfit is Italian director Gianni Zanasi’s Don’t Think About It [+see also:
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, which screened at Venice Days (see article) and was picked up by the Benelux (Lumière), Switzerland (Xenix), Italy, Greece (Audio Visual) and Australia. Negotiations with Canada are said to be at a very advanced stage.

At Toronto, some of the titles sold by Pyramide were Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen’s Cannes Caméra d’Or winner Jellyfish [+see also:
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(see article), for Japan; Philippe Faucon’s Dans la vie (see news), for Sweden (Folkets Bio); and XXY [+see also:
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(2007 Grand Prix at Cannes Critics’ Week), for Poland.

The line-up also includes new titles, such as Nuri Bige Ceylan’s Daydreams, Jacques Doillon’s Le premier venu (“The First to Arrive”), Stéphane Giusti’s Made in Italy (see article), Ilian Duran Cohen’s Le plaisir de chanter (“The Joy of Singing”), Nora Hamdi’s Des poupées et des anges (“Dolls and Angels”), Catherine Castel’s 48 heures par jour (“48 Hours a Day”), Annemarie Jacir’s Le sel de la mer (“Salt of the Sea”) and Vincent Dietschy’s Didine (formerly En visite).

Pyramide hopes to do good business with these titles at the Business Street market (October 18-21) of the upcoming RomeFilmFest and at the American Film Market (October 31-November 7).

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(Translated from French)

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