French Official Selections*

Film/director; prod’n outfit

B>IN COMPETITION

Flandres (Flanders)/Bruno Dumont; 3B Productions
Film Distribution(sales), Tadrart Films (French distrib)
A young man living in modern-day Flanders departs for a distant war leaving behind his sweetheart.

Selon Charlie (Charlie Said)/Nicole Garcia; Les Productions du Tresor
Wild Bunch (sales), Mars Distribution (French distrib)
Three days in the lives of seven people living in a city on the Atlantic coast.

Quand j’etais chanteur (I Did It My Way)/Xavier Giannoli; Rectangle Films
Europa Corp. (sales and French distrib)
Tragi-comedy about an aging club singer (Gerard Depardieu) who falls for an estate agent (Cecile De France) half his age.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Paris, je t’aime (Paris, I Love You)/Various; Victoires International
Celsius Entertainment (sales), La Fabrique de Films (French distrib)
A collection of 20 love stories, each set in a different arrondissement of Paris; each helmed by a different director or team of directors.

La Tourneuse de pages (The Pageturner)/Denis Dercourt; Diaphana Films
Film Distribution (sales), Diaphana Films (French distrib)
A girl with a gift for the piano has her dreams dashed by a cruel teacher; years later a chance encounter brings old bitterness to the surface.

La Californie (*No English title yet)/Jacques Fieschi; Thelma Films Studio Canal (sales), Mars Distribution (French distrib)
In Cannes two young men cross the path of a dissolute older woman (Nathalie Baye) and her daughter (Ludivine Sagnier); flirting starts and a crime is committed.

Meurtrieres (Murderers)/Patrick Grandperret; Les Films de Worso
Wild Bunch (sales), Pan-Europeenne Edition (French distrib)
Two young girls without much going for them strike up a friendship that makes life worth living.

OUT OF COMPETITION

Zidane, Un portrait du 21eme siecle (Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait)/Philippe Pareno (France) and Douglas Gordon (Britain); Anna Lena Films
UIP (sales and French distrib)
Feature documentary about French football great Zinedine Zidane.

Avida Benoit Delepine/Gustave Kervern; MNP Entreprise
Film Distribution (sales), Ad Vitam (French distrib)
A man on the run gets mixed up with a couple of junkies who are involved in the trafficking of rare animals.

Ici Najac, a vous la terre (Najac Calling – Over to You Earth)/Jean-Henri Meunier; Little Bear

Ocean Films (French distrib)
Documentary about inhabitants of a small village in southern France who take a stand against creeping globalisation.

CLOSING FILM

Transylvania/Tony Gatlif; Princes Film
Pyramide International (sales), Pyramide Distribution (French distrib)
Road movie about a rebellious young woman who sets out for Transylvania in search of the man she loves.

*not including Critics Week or Directors Fortnight

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