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Cannes nabs Gallic titles

Deneuve film to finally screen

Two more French titles have secured Cannes berths.

Catherine Deneuve starrer “Apres lui,” widely tipped for a slot in the festival’s official selection, will finally screen in Directors Fortnight, the sidebar announced Tuesday.

Gallic pic helmed by Gael Morel is about a grieving mother’s growing obsession with her son’s friend, who is responsible for the car accident that killed him.

Pic, being sold internationally by Films Distribution, will receive its international preem May 21, before Fox releases it theatrically May 23 in France.

It’s the first Gallic film to be released by Fox as part of a new move to theatrically distribute local fare in France.

The Critics Week sidebar announced it will open with “Hero,” a debut film by Bruno Merle. Pic’s curiosity value for French auds is that it stars Michael Youn, an outspoken TV comic in a rare serious role. Youn, the star of several lowbrow Gallic comedies, plays a frustrated TV audience-warm-up guy who kidnaps a singer.

The main festival announces its line-up Thursday while Critics Week and Directors Fortnight selections will be announced April 26 and May 3 respectively.

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