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CANNES 2019 Marché du Film

Le Pacte in the starting blocks in the run-up to Cannes

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- The firm’s slate includes Heroes Don’t Die in the Critics’ Week and All About Yves in the Directors’ Fortnight; promo-reels will be shown for the upcoming films by Salomé, Sorogoyen and Di Gregorio

Le Pacte in the starting blocks in the run-up to Cannes
Heroes Don't Die by Aude Léa Rapin

Two titles by young French filmmakers set to be showcased in the parallel selections of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May) feature prominently on the slate of the international sales division of Paris-based outfit Le Pacte, managed by Jean Labadie, which fully intends to reap a healthy profit from them at the Marché du Film.

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Heroes Don't Die [+see also:
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by Aude Léa Rapin will be world-premiered as a special screening in the 58th Critics’ Week. Starring Adèle Haenel, Jonathan Couzinié (who wrote the screenplay with the director), Antonia Buresi, Hasija Borić and Vesna Stilinović, this feature debut begins in a street in Paris, where a stranger thinks he has recognised in Joachim a soldier who died in Bosnia on 21 August 1983. The thing is, this is the very day that Joachim was born: 21 August 1983. Thrown by the idea that he might be the reincarnation of this man, he decides to go to Sarajevo with his friends Alice and Virginie. In this country, haunted by shadows of the war, they put their hearts and souls into discovering Joachim's past life. Produced by Les Films du Worso, Heroes Don't Die was co-produced by Radar Films, Belgium’s Scope Pictures and Bosnia’s SSCA/pro.ba.

Le Pacte is also selling All About Yves [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Forgeard
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by Benoît Forgeart, which will be the closing film of the 51st Directors’ Fortnight, and which is toplined by William Lebghil and Doria Tillier. Written by the director, the story revolves around a rapper, Jerem, who decides to hunker down at his grandma's place to compose his first album. There, he meets So, a mysterious researcher working for a startup called Digital Cool. 
She will persuade Jerem to try out Yves, a new kind of smart refrigerator gifted with AI. Little by little, Yves creates a bond of friendship with Jerem and, by becoming his ghost writer, will turn him into a star. But with Yves, life was supposed to be easier… Production duties were entrusted to Ecce Films.

At the Marché du Film, the Le Pacte sales team, headed up by Camille Neel, will also be negotiating deals for three tantalising titles in post-production, which will be sold based on their promo-reels: the French-Belgian co-production Mama Weed by Jean-Paul Salomé (toplined by Isabelle Huppert – see the article), Madre [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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by Spain’s Rodrigo Sorogoyen, who is presently on the cinema listings in France with The Realm [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel P…
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(which was unveiled in competition at San Sebastián), and Citizens of the World by Italy’s Gianni Di Gregorio (see the article), who turned heads with Mid-August Lunch [+see also:
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Lastly, Le Pacte will also be topping off sales for Monos [+see also:
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by Alejandro Landes (crowned with the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and subsequently taking part in the Berlinale Panorama), and the documentaries System K [+see also:
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by Renaud Barret (first revealed in the Berlinale Panorama), Santiago, Italia [+see also:
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by Italy’s Nanni Moretti and Phil Tippet: Mad Dreams and Monsters by French duo Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet. All four movies will enjoy market screenings.

(Translated from French)

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