The French in Venice

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.

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