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57 market premieres due to be showcased at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris

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- 389 buyers and 30 exhibitors from 49 countries, 44 French sales companies, 120 artists and 115 international journalists will be brought together by UniFrance from 16-20 January

57 market premieres due to be showcased at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris
Mama Weed by Jean-Paul Salomé

To showcase, promote and sell films so that they can been seen throughout the world. These are the goals of the 22nd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, taking place from 16-20 January 2020 and organised by UniFrance (read our interview with managing director Daniela Elstner), the agency for the promotion of French cinema abroad presided by Serge Toubiana.

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This year, the event will welcome 389 international buyers (theatrical distributors, VOD and SVOD providers, TV broadcasters) and 30 exhibitors from 49 countries. 44 French sales companies will be negotiating sales for the 184 French films in their line-up, 57 of which will be having their market premiere at the Rendez-Vous. 120 French artists will be present for 115 foreign journalists from 32 countries, who will attend both the ceremony where the French Cinema Award will this year be handed to Olivier Assayas, as well as the launch of the 10th MyFrenchFilmFestival tomorrow (read the news).

Memento Films International will unveil Martin Provost’s How to Be a Good Wife [+see also:
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, which will open the market, as well as Claus Drexel’s Under The Stars of Paris [+see also:
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Le Pacte will be pinning its hopes on the highly anticipated market premiere of Jean-Paul Salomé’s Mama Weed [+see also:
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, starring Isabelle Huppert in the lead role. The company will also be presenting films in post-production: Arthur Harari’s Onoda – 10 000 Nights in the Jungle and Gaël Lépingle’s Atomic Summer.

Pathé Films International will be showcasing three market premieres: Jan Kounen’s Mon cousin, Éric Barbier’s Small Country: an African Childhood [+see also:
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 and the comedy Meet The Malawas [+see also:
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by James Huth. Worth mentioning, in post-production, is Martin Bourboulon’s Eiffel (read the news).

Indie Sales will be at the Rendez-Vous with five market premieres: Sophie Letourneur’s Enormous [+see also:
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(starring Marina Foïs and selected in the Bright Future competition of the upcoming IFFR), Hugo Benamozig and David Caviglioli’s Welcome To The Jungle, Olivier Babinet’s Fishlove [+see also:
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, Benjamin Parent’s Man Up! [+see also:
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and Roy Arida’s Under The Concrete. And last but not least, in post-production, Bruno Dumont’s On a Half Clear Morning.

Playtime will unveil Caroline Vignal’s My Donkey, My Lover and I [+see also:
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, but will also be negotiating on many other French titles in post-production from its line-up, such as François Ozon’s Summer of 85 [+see also:
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,  Laurent Cantet’s Arthur Rambo and Nine Antico’s Playlist (article).

Michel HazanaviciusThe Lost Prince [+see also:
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 is heading StudioCanal’s slate. The company will be presenting two other market premieres: Jézabel MarquesSol [+see also:
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and Michèle Laroque’s The Kids Are Back [+see also:
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. Standing out among the titles currently in post-production are Anne Fontaine’s Night Shift [+see also:
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, Laurent Lafitte’s The Origin of the World, Yann Gozlan’s Black Box (article) and Cédric Jimenez’s BAC Nord (news).

Pyramide Films International will also present three market premieres, with the western Savage State [+see also:
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from David Perrault,  Grégory Magne’s Perfumes [+see also:
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and Marion Lainé’s Into the World [+see also:
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. Standing out in post-production are Danielle Arbid’s Passion simple,  Maxime Roy’s Les Héroïques (article) and Leyla Bouzid’s Une histoire d’amour et de désir (article).

Be for Films will also be attending, with five market premieres : Christophe Blanc’s Just Kids, Working Girls [+see also:
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from Belgian filmmaker Frédéric Fonteyne, Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux’s Towards The Battle, the Venitian title The End of Love [+see also:
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by Keren Ben Rafael and the documentary Little Ballerinas [+see also:
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by Anne-Claire Dolivet. Worth mentioning as well are Elie Wajeman’s A Night Doctor et Ève Deboise’s Petite leçon d’amour (currently filming – read the news).

SND will be pinning most of its hopes on Gabriel Le Bomin’s De Gaulle [+see also:
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 and Marc Fitoussi’s Appearances (starring Karin Viard in the lead role – read the news). But it will also be presenting three other market premieres: Benjamin Euvrard’s All Aboard!, Michaël Youn’s Divorce Club and Pascal Bourdiaux’s Toto.

Bac Films International will unveil the animated film Yakari, A Spectacular Journey from French director Xavier Giacometti and German director Toby Genkel, as well as Bernard Stora’s The Case (article). Standing out in post-production is Rachel Lang’s Mon Légionnaire (news).

Charades will be presenting Bruno Merle’s Felicità [+see also:
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, as well as its films currently in post-production (Antoine Barraud’s Madeleine Collinsarticle, Laurent Tirard’s The Speech, Pierre Pinaud’s La fine fleur - article) or wrapping filming (Chloé Mazlo’s Skies of Lebanon).

Gaumont will be present with the market premiere of Philippe Guillard’s Pappy Sitter [+see also:
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, but the company will also be negotiating pre-sales on films currently in post-production, such as Xavier Giannoli’s Lost Illusions and Albert Dupontel’s Bye Bye Morons (news), or still filming (Nicolas Bedos’s OSS 117 : Alerte Rouge en Afrique Noire (article).

Although the company will not be presenting any market premieres, Kinology will be present with titles currently in post-production, such as Mia Hansen-Løve’s Bergman Island, Leos Carax’s Annette, Bertrand Mandico’s After Blue (article), Naël Marandin’s Beasts, Mathias Malzieu’s A Mermaid in Paris [+see also:
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, Peter Dourountzis’s Rascal and Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud’s Les Cobayes (article).

Wild Bunch will be starting pre-sales on Stéphane Brizé’s For Better Or For Worse, and will continue them on its French titles currently in pre-production (Julia Ducournau’s Titane) and in post-production: Thierry de Peretti’s Les années 10 (article), Quentin Dupieux’s Mandibles (news – sales shared with WTFilms), Sylvie Verheyde’s Madame Claude (article), Just Philippot’s The Swarm and Philippe Garrel’s The Salt of Tears [+see also:
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Elle Driver will be presenting the market premiere of the documentary In The Bottle from Favio Vinson, and will also be handling, in post-production, Emmanuel Mouret’s Love Affair(s) [+see also:
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TF1 Studio will unveil the spy comedy The Lion from Ludovic Justin Colbeau (article) as well as Katia Lewkowicz’s Ballsy Girl [+see also:
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WTFilms will be especially busy, with the market premieres of Night Ride [+see also:
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by Frédéric Farrucci (winner of the Best Director award in Saint-Jean-de-Luz), Lucky [+see also:
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from Belgian director Olivier Van Hoofstadt, Sébastien Betbeder’s Up The Mountain [+see also:
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, Laurent Heynemann’s An Irrepressible Woman [+see also:
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, Rodolphe Lauga’s Wipe Out [+see also:
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, Yoann Guillouzouic’s Victorious Square [+see also:
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and the collective film Selfie [+see also:
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(article).

Six market premieres, meanwhile, for Orange Studio with Arnaud Viart’s I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere [+see also:
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, Mathias Melkuz’s Mine Your Own Business, Solange Cicurel’s Isn’t She Lovely?, Julien Rambaldi’s Labor Day, Michel Denisot’s Disclaimer [+see also:
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and Mélissa Drigeard’s Husband, Wife, Kids… and Lovers.

Other Angle Pictures will be presenting the market premieres of Ruben Alves’s Miss, Éric Besnard’s The Father Figure [+see also:
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and La vérité si je mens ! Les débuts [+see also:
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by Michel Munz and Gérard Biton. Its titles in post-production include Olivier Dahan’s Simone, une femme du siècle (article), Christopher Thompson’s Tendre et saignant (news) and Emmanuel Carrère’s Le Quai de Ouistreham (article).

mk2 Films will unveil the documentary Looking For Gilles Carion by Mariana Otero, SBS International will screen Pascal Bonitzer’s Spellbound and Wide will have the market premiere of Vanya Peirani-VignesBlast.

It is worth noting that France TV Distribution will unveil the documentary Wolf Walk [+see also:
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by Jean-Michel Bertrand, and that the company features, in post-production, Nicole Garcia’s Lisa Redler, Raphaël Jacoulot’s L’enfant rêvé (article) and Jean-Pierre AmérisProfession du père (news).

Les Films du Losange will also be present at the 22nd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris with, in production, Benoît Jacquot’s Suzanna Andler and, in post-production, Nicolas Maury’s Garçon Chiffon and Émilie Carpentier’s L’horizon (article).

Also ready for action are Totem Films (in particular with Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh’s Gagarine [+see also:
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in post-production and Jérémie Elkaim’s Assoiffésnews), Alpha Violet, Pulsar Content (with the project The Deep House by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, currently in pre-production), Capricci Films (with Vincent Le Port’s Bruno Reidal in post-production – article), Urban Distribution International (with the animated film Slocum by Jean-François Laguionie and Jungle rouge by Juan José Lozano and Zoltan Horvath, currently in production – article), Versatile (with the French-German-Portuguese co-production Apollo by Tarzan and Arab Nasser, currently filming, and Dominique Lienhard’s Naufrages, in post-production – article), the new entity Jour2FêteDoc & Film, Coproduction Office, Celluloid Dreams, The Bureau Sales, Wide, Wide House, Loco Films and Iconisma, which will be showing the market premiere of its production, Jean JacquesEncre de Chine.

Finally, it is worth highlighting the presence of several VR producers and distributors on 17 and 18 January at the Rendez-Vous, such as Wide, VRrOOm and Atlas V.

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(Translated from French)

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