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Even before the Berlin festival is over, and the Oscars remain under wraps, the thoughts of many executives have turned to Cannes.
At this stage, the selectors of Cannes different sections have seen very little, so there is no such thing as a certainty.
Following some of the chatter and looking at which films might have the right credentials comes up with a strongly international selection for Thierry Fremaux and his team to choose from.
Fellow Italian, and previous Palme d’Or-winner Nanni Moretti, has “My Mother” (aka “Mia Madre”) while Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel-starrer “Youth” (aka “La Giovinezza,” aka “In the Future”) is also a strong competition contender.
Buzz is strong for “The Lobster,” the English-language »
- Patrick Frater
Exclusive: Paris-based sales agent does good business at Unifrance Rendezvous.
The period drama – inspired by the real-life tale of the world’s worst soprano Florence Foster Jenkins – revolves around Marguerite Dumont, a wealthy 1920s chatelaine who believes she has a wonderful voice.
“Distributors were immediately impressed with the footage we showed, Catherine’s performance is outstanding and direction and photography are remarkably beautiful,” said Tanja Meissner, Mfi’s head of international sales and acquisitions
In Europe, the film has sold to Benelux (Imagine), Switzerland and Lichtenstein (Praesens Films), Poland (Kino Swiat), Spain (A Contracorriente), Germany (Concorde), Portugal (Alambique) and Hungary and Romania (Ads Service).
In Asia, it has been picked for Hong Kong and Macau (Edko), Japan (Kino Films), Taiwan (Maison Motion) and Korea (Green Narea).
Other territories include Israel »
Paris – Snd French blockbuster “La Famille Belier,” a Wild Bunch promo reel and a new Pathe comedy “Daddy or Mommy” proved highlights at a packed 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema – 600 foreign distributors attended, up 9% vs. 2013 – which had begun to spark first deals by its wrap on Monday.
“Caprices,” “The Tournament,” “Fidelio” and “Memories” proved other sought-after or buzz titles. Yet others, projects or movies in production or post, were pitched with an eye to further pre-sales at Berlin’s European Film Market.
Inevitably, the Charlie Hebdo massacre played out over the French film mart. Sales co Kinology received 45 petitions in the five days after the slaughter from distributors, festivals and TVs, all requesting the French documentary “Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy,” by Stephanie Valloatto: Either for the whole film or extracts. Playing out of competition at Cannes, “Cartoonists” was added to the Rdv’s screenings line-up. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
French director Xavier Giannoli has previously helmed five features, two of them playing in competition in Cannes, including perhaps his best known work, The Singer (2006, starring Cecile de France) and 2009’s In the Beginning. He’s also premiered in Venice, with his last feature, 2012’s Superstar, which also headlined Cecile de France. He’s now working with one of France’s most accomplished and underrated actresses, Catherine Frot, last seen in Us theater in 2013 with The Weinstein Company’s distribution of Haute Cuisine. Known mainly for her comedic talents, she’s equally mesmerizing in dramatic fare, such as Safy Nabbou’s Mark of an Angel and Denis Dercourt’s The Page Turner. Giannoli is directing her in Marguerite, a 1920’s period piece based on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, otherwise known as the world’s worst soprano (although she though rather the »
- Nicholas Bell
4 items from 2015
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