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41 market premieres are due to be screened at the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris

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- 500 buyers and 120 international journalists are expected to descend on the largest market and press junket dedicated to French cinema (18 to 22 January)

41 market premieres are due to be screened at the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris
The Red Collar by Jean Becker

A highly efficient strategic crossroads for the global influence of the French film industry, the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, organised by Unifrance (read the interview with executive director Isabelle Giordano here), will be celebrating its20th anniversary from 18 to 22 January. This year, a total of 41market premieres and 74 films will be screened and offered to the 500 international buyers who are expected to attend. 44 French export companies will also be negotiating for other titles in their line-ups. The event will allow 120 international journalists to meet with 110 French artists (filmmakers and performers), with the program set to reveal how French productions fared abroad in 2017, as well as the launch of MyFrenchFilmFestival (read the news here) in the presence of Paolo Sorrentino and members of the jury, and the awarding of the French Cinema Award to Juliette Binoche.

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The market is due to be opened by The Red Collar [+see also:
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by Jean Becker (an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Jean-Christophe Rufin, with François Cluzet in the lead role), sold by France TV Distribution, which will also be unveiling Kings for a Day [+see also:
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by Xabi Molia.

Memento Films International will be attending with The Apparition [+see also:
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by Xavier Giannoli.

Indie Sales will be screening When Margaux Meets Margaux [+see also:
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by Sophie FillièresLet The Girls Play [+see also:
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byJulienHallard, and will also be revealing some exclusive images from Mademoiselle de Joncquières by Emmanuel Mouret.

StudioCanal will be counting on two premieres: Return of the Hero [+see also:
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by Laurent Tirard (starring Jean Dujardin and Mélanie Laurentarticle) and Brillantissime by Michèle Laroque.

Two market premieres are also on the menu for Playtime, with Black Tideby Erick Zonca (article) and The Royal Exchange by Marc Dugain.

Pyramide International will be unveiling Gaspard at the Wedding [+see also:
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by Antony Cordier, The Party’s Over by Marie Garel-Weiss and Luna by Elsa Diringer.

EuropaCorp will be presenting I Feel Better by Jean-Pierre Améris and will also undoubtedly be negotiating behind the scenes for the Berlin competitor Eva [+see also:
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by Benoît Jacquot and Anna, the new English-language film in production by Luc Besson (starring Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans and Cillian Murphy).

Alma Cinema will be screening the English-language film A Blue Bird in My Heart by Jérémie Guez (starring Danish actor Roland Møllerand Belgian actress Veerle Baetens).

Orange Studio's international sales team are set to kick things off with premieres of the comedy Mrs Mills [+see also:
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by and starring Sophie Marceau (alongside Pierre Richard) and La Finale [+see also:
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by Robin Sykes.

Elle Driver will be counting on Carnivores [+see also:
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by Belgian brothers Jérémie and Yannick Rénier.

We can also expect the market premiere of the documentary No Man Is an Island [+see also:
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by Dominique Marchais at Doc&Film International

Comedy takes centre stage in Pathé International's line-up, which is relying on four premieres, including the highly anticipated La Ch’tite famille [+see also:
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by Dany Boon, Les Tuche 3 [+see also:
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by Olivier Baroux, The New Adventures of Cinderella [+see also:
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by Lionel Steketee and Le Brio [+see also:
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by Yvan Attal (which surpassed 1 million admissions in France in seven weeks).

Be For Films will be screening four premieres, including On the Sly [+see also:
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by Christophe Régin, Simon and Théodore [+see also:
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by Mikael Buch, The Benefit of the Doubt [+see also:
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interview: Samuel Tilman
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by Belgian director Samuel Tillman and Northern Wind [+see also:
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by Walid Mattar.

Gaumont will be screening La Monnaie de leur pièce [+see also:
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by Anne Le Ny and Mr. Know-It-All [+see also:
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by Stéphane Archinard and François Prévôt-Leygonie.

Loco Films will be showing Of Skin and Men [+see also:
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by Mehdi Ben Attia, while SND will be participating with The Full House [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Gillibert, Kinology with Money's Money [+see also:
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by Gela Babluani, WTFilms with Tempting Devils by Jean-Claude Brisseau, and Reel Suspects with My Life with James Dean by Dominique Choisy.

Other Angle Pictures will also be attending with the market premieres Chouquette by Patrick Godeau, Stars 80, the latest film by Thomas Langmann and Par instinct [+see also:
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by Nathalie Marchak.

Finally Cornelius, The Howling Miller [+see also:
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by Yann Le Quellec will be shown by Agat Films and Larguées by Eloïse Lang will be shown by Estrella Productions.

Many other French international sellers will also naturally be in action at the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, in particular, Wild Bunch, which will be pursuing pre-sales for the English-language films The Sisters Brothers [+see also:
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by Jacques Audiard and High Life by Claire Denis, Le Pacte , which will undoubtedly be negotiating for its Berlin competitor The Prayer [+see also:
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interview: Cédric Kahn
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by Cédric Kahn and MK2, which will be pursuing pre-sales for At War [+see also:
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interview: Stéphane Brizé
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by Stéphane Brizé and Sorry Angel [+see also:
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Q&A: Christophe Honoré
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by Christophé Honoré. Charades, Bac Films, Les Films du Losange, Celluloid Dreams, Coproduction Office, Alpha Violet, Jour2Fête, Shellac, TF1 Studio, The Bureau Sales, UDI, Wide, Cinexport, Funny Balloons, Reel Suspects and Versatile will also be in attendance.

(Translated from French)

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