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BERLINALE 2008 France

Nineteen films and a contingent of sellers

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French film industry professionals are heading to the 58th Berlinale which opens this Thursday.

A total of 19 productions and co-productions will screen in the different sections, including three star titles and Golden Bear hopefuls: Erick Zonca’s Julia [+see also:
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(see news); Robert Guédiguian’s Lady Jane [+see also:
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(see news); and Philippe Claudel’s I’ve Loved You So Long [+see also:
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(see news). These films are joined by Amos Kolleck’s minority co-production Restless [+see also:
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In the Panorama section, France will be represented by Laetitia Masson’s Guilty [+see also:
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(see news); Jean-Marc Moutout’s The Feelings Factory [+see also:
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(see news); as well as co-productions I am from Titov Veles [+see also:
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by Teona Strugar Mitevska, Eran Riklis’ Lemon Tree [+see also:
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, Lucia Murat’s Another Love Story [+see also:
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and Yousry Nassrallah’s The Aquarium.

The Forum section will screen Jacques Doillon’s Just Anybody [+see also:
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, Audrey Estrougo’s Ain’t Scared, Emmanuelle Demoris’ Mafrouza/Heart, Victoire Terminus, Khinshasa by directorial duo Florent de la Tullaye and Renaud Barret, and Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez’s El Camino (“The Path”).

Finally, Sandrine Bonnaire’s Her Name Is Sabine [+see also:
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and Amos Gitaï’s Later feature in the Berlinale Special line-up, while the Generation section is screening Olivier Jean-Marie’s Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure [+see also:
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, Hana Makhmalbaf’s Le Cahier (“The Exercise Book”) and Sandra Kogut’s Mutum.

A host of French companies have turned out for the Berlin Film Market, following in the wake of Wild Bunch (see news), Films Distribution (see news), Celluloid Dreams (see news), StudioCanal (see news), TF1 International (see news), Pathé (see news), UGC and Gaumont.

Unifrance will represent 14 other sellers: Alfama Films Productions (formerly known as Alma Films), Bac Films, Coach 14, Les Films du Losange , Funny Balloons, Futurikon, Le Pacte, SND (formerly known as M6 DA), Memento Films International (see news), Pyramide International, Rezo (see interview with Laurent Danielou), Roissy Films, U Media and Wide Management.

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(Translated from French)

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