Projects and screenings at French confab
A selection of new projects and productions, market bows and screenings at Unifrance’s annual showcase.MARKET BOWS Ah! La Libido Comedy a la “Sex and the City” chronicling the single lives of four Parisian women. Sales: Wide Management Villa Amalia Adapting Pascal Quignard’s Goncourt-winning novel, director Benoit Jacquot follows a woman who relocates to Italy to reinvent herself. Sales: EuropaCorp Diamond 13 Gerard Depardieu and Asia Argento topline Gilles Beat’s thriller, about a crooked cop embroiled in a doomed deal. Sales: MK2 Change of Plans Daniele Thompson’s tragicomedy centering on a diner party between so-called friends. A Rendez-Vous buzz screener. Sales: StudioCanal A Man and His Dog An eclectic cast, including Jean-Paul Belmondo, Hafsia Herzi (“The Secret of the Grain”) and Charles Aznavour in a remake of Vittorio De Sica’s “Umberto D.” Sales: Coach 14 Lads and Jockeys Lushly lensed and moving docu from Benjamin Marquet about three trainees at a French jockey school. Sales: Les Films du Losange Trouble at Timpetil Market-driven debut of first-time producer Dimitri Rassam, in which abandoned children run wild in a small village. Encouraging $3 million two-week haul in Gaul last month. Sales: Pathe Someone I Loved Zabou Breitman adapts Anna Gavalda (“Hunting and Gathering”). Daniel Auteuil toplines. Sales: SND OTHER FILM SCREENINGs, PROJECTS AND PRODUCTIONS Louise-Michel Breakout comedy from Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern sold to more than 20 territories. Sales: Funny Balloons Seraphine Portrait of French painter Seraphine de Senlis, casting her artistic genius as singular obsession. Nommed for Louis Delluc and Louis Lumiere awards. Sold more than 500,000 tickets in France, and strong arthouse sales abroad. Sales: Roissy Silent Wedding “Silent Hill” meets Emir Kusturica, disturbingly, in Romanian Horatiu Malaele’s rural tragicomedy. A buzz title and AFM hit, preselling to 10 territories, including Germany (Tiberius) and Australia (Vendetta). Sales: Bac The Actress Ball Maiwenn Le Besco, who won a 2007 first-film Cesar nom for “Forgive Me,” helms Jeanne Balibar, Romane Bohringer and Julie Depardieu in a comedy about a young femme director filming a documentary. Sales: SND Ne te retournes pas Psychodrama about a mother who transforms into another woman without anyone noticing. Sophie Marceau, Monica Belluci topline. Sales: Wild Bunch Mr. Nobody A dazzling promo has had buyers purring and purchasing Jaco van Dormael’s intimate futurist fantasy, with Jared Leto and Diane Kruger. Sales: Wild Bunch The Other One Patrick Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic’s sophomore outing, a Paris mall-set study of a woman’s increasing derangement. Sales: Films Distribution Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky Helmer Jan Kounen chronicles the French fashion icon’s tumultuous relationship with the composer. Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen topline. Sales: Wild Bunch Le Petit Nicolas Adapted from the popular children’s book, Laurent Tirard’s family laffer stars two famed comedians, Valerie Lemercier and Kad Merad (“Welcome to the Sticks”). Sales: Wild Bunch A Prophet Jacques Audiard (“The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) helms this drama set during the 2005 French riots. Penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri (“Mesrine”). Sales: Celluloid Dreams Micmacs a Tire Larigot Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs Dany Boon (“Welcome to the Sticks”) in this satire about an ordinary man who goes after powerful gun traders. Sales: TF1 Intl. L’Affaire Farewell Guillaume Canet and Emir Kusturica star in this historical drama based on the true story of Vladimir Petrov, a Russian KGB agent who was proclaimed “the spy of the century” by Ronald Reagan. From Christian Carion (“Joyeux Noel”). Sales: Pathe Serge Gainsbourg, Vie Heroique Joann Sfar directs this biopic of French singer and homme fatale, starring Eric Elmosnino, Laetitia Casta and Anna Mouglalis. Sales: Kinology/ Universal The Prodigies A motion-capture, 3-D animated thriller helmed by Antoine Charreyron about five young geniuses who become serial killers after being savagely assaulted in Central Park. Sales: Kinology Beauties at War Patrice Leconte’s family comedy about a little town where locals become obsessed with a beauty pageant. Benoit Poelvoorde and Olivia Bonamy topline. Sales: Gaumont Ricky Francois Ozon’s drama follows the adventures of a child with supernatural powers. With Sergi Lopez and Alexandra Lamy. Sales: Le Pacte Introducing Fernand Gaul’s most prominent dramatist Yasmine Reza makes her directorial debut with a topnotch Euro cast: Carmen Maura, Bouli Lanners (“Eldorado”) and Emmanuelle Seigner. A probing family drama and UGC passion project. Sales: UGC
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