Memento’s “Bad Seeds” and Pathe’s “Sunday Dads” will screen at the 14th Rendez-Vous With French Cinema along with Wild Bunch’s “The Players,” with star Jean Dujardin and helmer Michel Hazanavicius in attendance.
The national film showcase kicked off Wednesday in Paris with a gala screening of Sylvie Testud’s romantic dramedy “Another Woman’s Life,” toplining Juliette Binoche and Mathieu Kassovitz, sold by Kinology.
“Players,” a seven-part sex comedy, is written by Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, star of Magnolia U.S. pick-up “Point Blank.”
It’s one of the most-awaited films at the screenings thanks to its Judd Apatow-ish take on thirty-something male infidelity and its cast, led by Guillaume Canet, plus its star directors, including Hazanavicius, Dujardin, Lellouche, Fred Cavaye (“Anything for Her”) and Eric Lartigau (“The Big Picture”).
A dark tale of two schoolboys’ kidnapping a teacher, “Seeds” is Nebbou’s third pic after critical hits “Dumas” and “Mark of an Angel.”
Distributed by Pathe in France, social comedy “Dads” is the directorial debut of Louis Becker, son of Jean Becker (“My Afternoons With Marguerite”).
Of other newly revealed screeners, Studiocanal will showcase “The Adopted,” the directorial debut of thesp Melanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”), and Films du Losange has Tony Gatlif’s Berlin Panorama player, “Indignados.”
Sales companies will talk up movies in production. Potential buzz titles include Agnes Jouai’s “Under the Rainbow,” sold by Memento; EuropaCorp’s spy thriller “Mobius,” with Dujardin; Gaumont’s “The Chef,” with Jean Reno, and Valerie Donzelli’s “Hand in Hand,” repped by Wild Bunch.
Around 450 buyers will attend the event, which will screen 82 films, including 43 market premieres.