Gallic pix and co-prods pepper the Lido
IN COMPETITION“Happy Few”
Director: Antony Cordier (France)
The line: Cordier, whose “Cold Showers” won the Prix Louis Delluc for best debut, returns with a tale about the complexities of love. Relationship drama features thesps Marina Fois, Elodie Bouchez, Roschdy Zem and Nicolas Duvauchelle.
Sales: Wild Bunch “The Solitude of Prime Numbers”
Director: Saverio Costanzo (Italy, Germany, France).
The line: Isabella Rossellini and Alba Rohrwacher topline this adaptation of the bestseller. that traces the lives of two friends, both of whom had troubled childhoods. Helmer won Locarno’s Golden Leopard and a David for feature debut “Private.”
Sales: Le Pacte “Venus noire”
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche (France, Italy)
The line: Drama, who won Venice’s special jury prize for “The Secret of the Grain” as well as three Cesars, looks at the true story of Sarah Bartmann, a 19th-century African slave who was taken to Europe for exhibit.
Sales: MK2 “A Sad Trumpet Ballad”
Director: Alex de la Iglesia (Spain, France)
The line: A tragicomedy about clowns in love and war.
Sales: Films Distribution “We Believed”
Director: Mario Martone (Italy, France)
The line: Period drama centers on the lives of 19th-century Italian revolutionaries fighting to unify their country.
Sales: Wild Bunch “Potiche”
Director: Francois Ozon (France)
The line: Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu topline comedy about the wife of an industrialist who takes charge during a factory workers’ strike.
Sales: Wild Bunch “Miral”
Director: Julian Schnabel (U.S., France, Italy)
The line: Freida Pinto stars in a Palestinian-Israeli conflict drama about a young woman teaching in a refugee camp. Schnabel received Venice’s grand special jury prize for “Before Night Falls.”
Sales: Pathe Intl. OUT OF COMPETITION “Vallanzasca — Gli angeli del male”
Director: Michele Placido (Italy, France, Romania)
The line: The life, crimes, arrests and prison break of archcriminal Renato Vallanzasca.
Sales: Fortissimo Films HORIZONS “Sleeping Beauty” (opening film)
Director: Catherine Breillat (France)
The line: Breillat’s tale of childhood and teenage love.
Sales: Pyramide Intl. “K.364 — A Journey by Train”
Director: Douglas Gordon (U.K., France)
The line: Two Polish-Jewish musicians as they journey from Berlin to Poznan. “Zelal”
Directors: Marianne Khoury, Mustapha Hasnaoui (Egypt, France)
The line: Life inside a mental institution.
Sales: Misr Intl. Films “The Sword and the Rose”
Director: Joao Nicolau (Portugal, France)
The line: Contempo tale set on a 15th-century pirate ship in which a betrayal leads to a series of terrible events.
Sales: O Som e a Furia. “Dharma Guns”
Director: F.J. Ossang (France, Portugal)
The line: Drama about a man who wakes from a coma after an accident in which his girlfriend died.
Sales: Umedia “El Sicario Room 164″
Director: Gianfranco Rosi (France, Italy)
The line: The bloody career of a Mexican hitman.
Sales: Les Films D’ici “Sheoeyin Kenna” (When We Were Communists)
Director: Maher Abi-Samra (Lebanon, France, U.A.E.)
The line: Samra returns to Lebanon to see how it has developed since the civil war. CRITICS’ WEEK “Angele and Tony”
Director: Alix Delaporte (France)
The line: Delaporte , whose won the Golden Lion for best short in 2006, makes her feature debut with this relationship drama.
Sales: Pyramide Intl. “Naomi”
Director: Eitan Zur (Israel, France)
The line: Thriller centers on a professor who kills his love rival.
Sales: Pyramide Intl. VENICE DAYS “The Clink of Ice”
Director: Bertrand Blier (France)
The line: A black comedy about an alcoholic writer.
Sales: Wild Bunch “The Place in Between”
Director: Sarah Bouyain (Burkina Faso, France)
The line: French teen looks for her birth mother in Burkina Faso.
Sales: Colifilms Diffusion “Black Ocean”
Director: Marion Hansel (Belgium, France, Germany)
The line: The tale from Hansel, who won a Venice Silver Lion for debut “Dust,” centers on three young sailors onboard a French frigate during nuclear tests in the Pacific.
Sales: Doc&Films Intl. “Hitler in Hollywood”
Director: Frederic Sojcher (Belgium, France)
The line: Mockumentary about a Hollywood plot to destroy the European film industry, starring Maria De Medeiros and Micheline Presle.
Sales: Wide Management “Cirkus Columbia”
Director: Danis Tanovic (Bosnia, France, U.K., Slovenia, Germany, Belgium, Serbia)
The line: Tale of revenge and romance in Herzegovina before the Balkan War.
Sales: The Match Factory “Incendies”
Director: Denis Villeneuve (Canada, France)
The line: The journey of twin brothers who are sent by their dying mother to Lebanon to discover their roots.
Sales: E1 Entertainment Intl.