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Venice Film Festival: French Cinema

IN COMPETITION

“Carnage”
Director: Roman Polanski
Adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s play in which two sets of parents meet to resolve a dispute. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet topline.
International sales: Said Ben Said, Wild Bunch

“Chicken With Plums”
Directors: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
A crisis forces a celebrated violinist (Mathieu Amalric) to re-evaluate his life. From the helmers of “Persepolis.”
International sales: Celluloid Dreams

“That Summer”
Director: Philippe Garrel
A painter’s relationship with his wife — a thesp in Italy — unravels after he befriends an aspiring actor and his girlfriend. Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel topline.
International sales: Wild Bunch

“Terraferma”
Director: Emanuele Crialese
Drama about the effects of immigration and tourism on an Italian island. Helmer won Cannes Critics’ Week prize for “Respiro,” and Venice’s Silver Lion for “Golden Door.”
International sales: Elle Drive

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth topline this adaptation of John le Carre’s spy thriller.
International sales: StudioCanal

OUT OF COMPETITION

“La Desintegration”
Director: Philippe Faucon
Muslim youth in a blue-collar suburb of a French city are radicalized.
International sales: Pyramide

“Eva”
Director: Kike Maillo
Daniel Bruehl toplines as a cybernetic engineer in this sci-fi adventure.
International sales: Wild Bunch

“The Field of Enchantment”
Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou
The lives of two lonely children are transformed through their examination of the life of a pond. From the helmers of nature docu “Microcosmos.”
International sales: Wild Bunch

“La Folie Almayer”
Director: Chantal Akerman
Adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel about a man searching for riches in Southeast Asia. Stanislas Merhar toplines.
International sales: Doc & Film Intl.

HORIZONS

“The Bird”
Director: Yves Caumon
Sandrine Kiberlain toplines as a grieving mother who withdraws from society. Helmer won the Cannes’ Un Certain Regard prize for “Amour d’enfance.”
International sales: Les Films du Losange

“Little Tom Thumb”
Director: Marina De Van
A retelling of the children’s fairytale.
International sales: Pyramide

“Would You Have Sex With an Arab?”
Director: Yolande Zauberman
A docu about the divisions between Arabs and Jews in Israel.
International sales: Other Angle Pictures

CRITICS’ WEEK

“Land of Oblivion”
Director: Michale Boganim
Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace”) toplines in this drama about the Chernobyl disaster from the helmer of docu “Odessa … Odessa!”
International sales: Le Pacte

“Louise Wimmer”
Director: Cyril Mennegun
A homeless woman in her 50s, played by Corinne Masiero, attempts to rebuild her life.
International sales: Films Distribution

VENICE DAYS

“All Our Desires”
Director: Philippe Lioret
Two judges — one young and indebted, the other older and disillusioned — form a bond. Marie Gillain and Vincent Lindon topline.
International sales: Other Angle Pictures

“Another Silence”
Director: Santiago Amigorena
Contemporary Western in which a cop seeks revenge.
International sales: Celluloid Dreams

“Crazy Horse”
Director: Frederick Wiseman
Docu about the Parisian cabaret club.
International sales: Celluloid Dreams

“Guilty”
Director: Vincent Garenq
Philippe Torreton toplines drama about a man wrongly accused of pedophilia. Based on a true story.
International sales: Films Distribution

“Last Winter”
Director: John Shank
Mountain-set drama about a young farmer’s struggle for survival.
International sales: Le Pacte

“Love and Bruises”
Director: Lou Ye
A young Chinese teacher finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship with a Parisian construction worker.
International sales: Wild Bunch

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