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VENECIA 2020 Francia

Seis candidatos al León de Oro entre los vendedores franceses

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- Charades, FTD, Celluloid Dreams e Indie Sales destacan en Venecia, donde otras 17 compañías francesas de ventas internacionales exhiben al menos una película

Seis candidatos al León de Oro entre los vendedores franceses
Amants, de Nicole Garcia

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They’ve been chomping at the bit for months behind their screens and this 77th  Venice International Film Festival (running 2 – 12 September) - the first major, international festival to unfold in person since February’s Berlinale - will allow these numerous and ever-dynamic French vendors to set foot on the Lido so as to engage, at long last, in face-to-face (socially distanced) negotiations, and close deals which would otherwise take virtual form.

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And these agents have no shortage of trump cards up their sleeves as six of the eighteen films taking part in the official competition are the shining stars of French line-ups: two come courtesy of Charades (The Macaluso Sisters [+lee también:
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by Italy’s Emma Dante and American production The World to Come by Norway’s Mona Fastvold), two hail from Celluloid Dreams (the Italian-Belgian production Miss Marx [+lee también:
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by Susanna Nicchiarelli and Sun Children by Iran’s Majid Majidi), Lovers [+lee también:
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by French director Nicole Garcia is offered up by FTD (France TV Distribution) and Quo Vadis, Aida ? [+lee también:
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by Bosnia’s Jasmila Zbanic is part of the Indie Sales line-up. Also worth a mention are the two Golden Lion contenders put forward by the German outfit Films Boutique, a subsidiary of the French group Playtime: And Tomorrow the Entire World [+lee también:
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by Germany’s Julia Von Heinz and Dear Comrades [+lee también:
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by Russian veteran Andreï Konchalovsky.

Standing tall among the French sales agents in the running for the Golden Lion is Charades, who are wielding a third ace on the Lido: Shorta [+lee también:
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by Danish duo Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, which will enjoy its world premiere at Venice’s International Film Critics’ Week.

Seventeen other French international sales agents are likewise brandishing weapons in the various Venetian selections. Wild Bunch will mainly be wagering on three films, with Mandibles [+lee también:
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by the iconoclastic French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux showcasing out of competition (sales managed jointly by WTFilms), and French production The Third War [+lee también:
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by Italy’s Giovanni Aloi jostling in the Orizzonti line-up alongside American Gia Coppola’s Mainstream.

On the topic of Out of Competition offerings, mk2 Films will negotiate on behalf of The Ties [+lee también:
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by Italian filmmaker Daniele Luchetti, which is opening the Festival today, while Pathé International is selling British production The Duke [+lee también:
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by Roger Michell. In terms of documentaries, The Party Film Sales can hope to seal some good deals thanks to City Hall by America’s Frederick Wiseman, while Sophie Dulac Distribution are helming sales for Camille Lotteau’s French title Princesse Europe [+lee también:
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(to be shown in a Special Screening).

As for the competitive Orizzonti section, Alpha Violet intends to do good business via Apples [+lee también:
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by Greek director Christos Nikou and Memento Films International will be pinning its hopes on Night of the Kings [+lee también:
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by the French-Ivory Coast filmmaker Philippe Lacôte. The same goes for Bac Films International with The Man Who Sold His Skin [+lee también:
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entrevista: Kaouther Ben Hania
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by Tunisia’s Kaouther Ben Hania, Versatile with Gaza Mon Amour [+lee también:
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by the Palestinian brothers Tarzan and Arab Nasser, DreamLab Films with Careless Crime by Iran’s Shahram Mokri, and Arizona with its co-production Yellow Cat [+lee también:
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by Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov.

Elsewhere, Venice Days will see Shellac snap into action, selling – having co-produced – The Stonebreaker [+lee también:
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by the Italian brothers Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio. Loco Films will join them, negotiating on behalf of The Whaler Boy [+lee también:
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by Russia’s Philipp Yuryev, as will Parisian firm Yilisoo Films with the Chinese-French co-production Mama [+lee también:
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by Li Dongmei. Also worth a mention are two titles featuring in the line-up of Indie Sales’ Belgian subsidiary Best Friend Forever: the French-Algerian co-production Honey Cigar [+lee también:
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by Kamir Aïnouz, which will be opening Venice Days in competition, and Saint-Narcisse by Canada’s Bruce LaBruce.

Last but not least, International Critics’ Week will see Reel Suspects selling the Lithuanian production The Flood Won’t Come [+lee también:
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entrevista: Marat Sargsyan
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by Armenian director Marat Sargsyan, while MPM Premium will be negotiating on behalf of Ghosts [+lee también:
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by Turkey’s Azra Deniz Okyay, thus rounding off a very strong contingent of French vendors wielding a host of Venetian aces and ready and raring to take full advantage of their exhibition on the Lido, where the physical presence of the global film industry is (cautiously) reasserting itself.

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