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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 [+see also:
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and Gaël Lépingle’s Atomic Summer [+see also:
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Pathé Films International will be showcasing three market premieres: Jan Kounen’s Mon cousin [+see also:
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, 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 [+see also:
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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 [+see also:
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, 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 [+see also:
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. And last but not least, in post-production, Bruno Dumont’s On a Half Clear Morning [+see also:
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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 [+see also:
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 and Nine Antico’s Playlist [+see also:
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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 [+see also:
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, Yann Gozlan’s Black Box [+see also:
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and Cédric Jimenez’s BAC Nord [+see also:
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.

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 [+see also:
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,  Maxime Roy’s The Heroics [+see also:
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 and Leyla Bouzid’s A Story of Love and Desire [+see also:
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.

Be for Films will also be attending, with five market premieres : Christophe Blanc’s Just Kids [+see also:
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, Working Girls [+see also:
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from Belgian filmmaker Frédéric Fonteyne, Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux’s Towards The Battle [+see also:
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, 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 [+see also:
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 et Ève Deboise’s Little Lesson of Love.

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 [+see also:
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. But it will also be presenting three other market premieres: Benjamin Euvrard’s All Aboard!, Michaël Youn’s Divorce Club [+see also:
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and Pascal Bourdiaux’s Toto [+see also:
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.

Bac Films International will unveil the animated film Yakari, A Spectacular Journey [+see also:
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from French director Xavier Giacometti and German director Toby Genkel, as well as Bernard Stora’s The Case [+see also:
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. Standing out in post-production is Rachel Lang’s Our Men [+see also:
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]
.

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 Collins [+see also:
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]
, Laurent Tirard’s The Speech [+see also:
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]
, Pierre Pinaud’s The Rose Maker) or wrapping filming (Chloé Mazlo’s Skies of Lebanon [+see also:
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]
).

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 [+see also:
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]
 and Albert Dupontel’s Bye Bye Morons [+see also:
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, or still filming (Nicolas Bedos’s From Africa With Love [+see also:
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]
.

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 [+see also:
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]
, Leos Carax’s Annette [+see also:
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, Bertrand Mandico’s After Blue [+see also:
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, Naël Marandin’s Beasts [+see also:
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, Mathias Malzieu’s A Mermaid in Paris [+see also:
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, Peter Dourountzis’s Rascal [+see also:
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 and Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud’s Les Cobayes.

Wild Bunch will be starting pre-sales on Stéphane Brizé’s For Better Or For Worse [+see also:
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]
, and will continue them on its French titles currently in pre-production (Julia Ducournau’s Titane [+see also:
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) and in post-production: Thierry de Peretti’s Undercover [+see also:
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]
, Quentin Dupieux’s Mandibles [+see also:
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]
, Sylvie Verheyde’s Madame Claude [+see also:
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interview: Florence Gastaud
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, Just Philippot’s The Swarm [+see also:
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 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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]
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TF1 Studio will unveil the spy comedy The Lion [+see also:
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from Ludovic Justin Colbeau 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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]
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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 [+see also:
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, Solange Cicurel’s Isn’t She Lovely? [+see also:
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, 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 [+see also:
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, 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, a Woman of the Century, Christopher Thompson’s The Butcher's Daughter and Emmanuel Carrère’s Between Two Worlds [+see also:
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.

mk2 Films will unveil the documentary Looking For Gilles Carion by Mariana Otero, SBS International will screen Pascal Bonitzer’s Spellbound [+see also:
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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 Lovers [+see also:
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, Raphaël Jacoulot’s Dreamboy [+see also:
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 and Jean-Pierre AmérisMy Father's Stories [+see also:
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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 [+see also:
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 and, in post-production, Nicolas Maury’s Garçon Chiffon [+see also:
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 and Émilie Carpentier’s L’Horizon.

Also ready for action are Totem Films (in particular with Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh’s Gagarine [+see also:
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interview: Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Tr…
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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 [+see also:
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in post-production), Urban Distribution International (with the animated film Slocum by Jean-François Laguionie and Red Jungle by Juan José Lozano and Zoltan Horvath), Versatile (with the French-German-Portuguese co-production Gaza mon amour [+see also:
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by Tarzan and Arab Nasser, currently filming, and Dominique Lienhard’s Fires in the Dark, in post-production), 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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