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French companies hope to conquer AFM

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The last stop on the annual tour of the big international markets, the American Film Market (AFM) will be heaving with French sellers from October 31-November 7, with several world premieres on the programme.

Gaumont will screen Big City by Djamel Bensalah, SND will launch Guillaume Nicloux’s The Key and UGC International will unveil L'Ami de Fred Astaire [+see also:
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("Fred Astaire’s Friend") by Noémie Lvovsky.

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The Gaumont line-up also includes Chrysalis [+see also:
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by Julien Leclercq; Olivier Marchal’s MR 73; Les Deux Mondes [+see also:
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("Two Worlds") by Daniel Cohen, starring Benoit Poelvoorde; Cliente by Josiane Balasko, starring Nathalie Baye; Ma fille a 14 ans ("My Daughter is 14") by Thomas Sorriaux and François Desagnat, starring Daniel Auteuil; and the science-fiction project currently in pre-production, Splice by Vincenzo Natali.

UGC further hopes to impress with screenings of L’âge d’homme [+see also:
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by Raphaël Fetjo and starring Romain Duris, Un secret [+see also:
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by Claude Miller and Cow Boy by Benoît Mariage, as well as Barbet Schroeder’s Inju, currently shooting with Benoît Magimel.

TF1 International will also travel to Los Angeles with outstanding films such as Miracle At St. Anna by US director Spike Lee Bertrand Tavernier’s In the Electric Mist, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Eric Besnard’s Cash [+see also:
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, by starring Jean Dujardin and Jean Reno.

They will also be offering Jean-Paul Salomé’s Female Agents; Tonie Marshall’s Passe passe, starring Nathalie Baye; I Come with the Train by Tran Anh Hung, starring Josh Hartnett; Emmanuel Mouret Shall We Kiss? [+see also:
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; and the Spanish black comedy La torre de Suso [+see also:
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by Tom Fernandez.

Meanwhile, EuropaCorp has planned screenings of Frontier(s) [+see also:
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by Xavier Gens and Dernier Gang ("Last Gang") by Ariel Zeitoun and Harold Van Lier will make his debut as head of sales with StudioCanal’s well-stocked line-up.

Films Distribution will continue the work well underway on Ben X [+see also:
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interview: Peter Bouckaert
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by Belgian director Nic Balthazar and Pyramide on Don’t Think About It [+see also:
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by Italy’s Gianni Zannasi.

Wild Bunch will also have some noteworthy titles on offer at the AFM (see article), as will Celluloid Dreams (including Fear(s) of the Dark [+see also:
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) and Pathé International, not to mention Rezo, MK2, Onoma, Bac Films, Roissy Films, La Petite Reine and Coach 14.

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(Translated from French)

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