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Frances’s MK2 launches pics, unveils Euro sales

'Inconnu', 'Emportera' sell well in post-Cannes market

PARIS — Gallic minimajor MK2 has announced sales and two upcoming projects following an uneventful Cannes fest.

“Code Inconnu” from director Michael Haneke and starring Juliette Binoche pre-sold to Bavaria Film Intl. for Germany and Austria, Bim in Italy, Vertigo in Spain, Rosebud in Greece, Solopan in Poland and Atalanta Filmes in Portugal. Pic will lense in Paris this summer. Budgeted at FF40 million ($6.7 million), it’s a vision of today’s world seen through different characters from many countries who show that Europe is now a melting pot. Film’s other principal roles are still to be cast.

Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami’s “Le Vent nous emportera” (The Wind Will Carry Us) did healthy pre-sales to Cinelibre in Belgium, Filmcoopeative in Switzerland, Vertigo in Spain, Bim in Italy, Greece’s Rosebud, Portugal’s Atalanta Filmes and Brazil’s Mostra Internationale de Cinema Sao Paulo. Pic, which just wrapped shooting, already has a slot in the next Venice fest.

Karmitz will produce “Le Raccourci” with Les Films du Bois Sacre from soph helmer Dante Desarthe. Comedy is shooting in Paris with a cast of young French actors such as Isaac Sharry from the smash “La Verite si je mens.”

And, in a first-time move, Karmitz will try his hand at producing animation. The feature-length “Les Enfants de la pluie” with Belokan Prods. is in the early stages of development.