First announcements in Cannes for French sellers

– The Marché du Film starts strong for Studiocanal, Pathé International, Les Films du Losange, mk2 Films, Elle Driver and Charades

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (© Glenn Francis) and actress Vanessa Kirby, who will work together on the new film by Thomas Bidegain, Suddenly

The first day of the Marché du Film of the 74th Cannes Film Festival (from 6 to 17 July) was marked by several announcements from French international sales companies.

Studiocanal announced the arrival in its lineup of Suddenly, the second feature as director from Thomas Bidegain (screenwriter on A Prophet [+see also:
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, Rust and Bone [+see also:
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, The Sisters Brothers [+see also:
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, Dheepan [+see also:
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, The Bélier Family [+see also:
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, etc.) after Cowboys [+see also:
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(Directors’ Fortnight 2015), which the French group will produce with Trésor Films and Nine Stories. Interpreted by Jake Gyllenhaal and Vanessa Kirby, this adaptation of the novel Suddenly alone by Isabelle Autissier will be shot in Ireland. The story centres on a couple travelling around the world and finding themselves stranded on a desert island, their boat missing, in dreamlike but savage nature that turns nightmarish. How can they fight hunger and exhaustion? And if they survive, how can they return to mankind?

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Pathé International has launched presales for a project involving two films on Charles de Gaulle which will be written and directed (shooting to take place in 2023) by Antonin Baudry (The Wolf’s Call [+see also:
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) based on the biography A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle by British writer Julian T. Jackson.

Les Films du Losange have started presales for One Fine Morning by Mia Hansel-Løve (in competition this year in Cannes with Bergman Island [+see also:
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), currently shooting and starring Léa Seydoux, Pascal Greggory, Nicole Garcia and Melvil Poupaud. It is produced by Les Films Pelléas and coproduced by Arte France Cinema, MUBI (who has acquired the rights for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey and India) and the Germans of Razor Film.

The international sales division of mk2 Films has added to its copious Cannes lineup (read the news) two attractive French titles in post-production: Night Birds by Mikhaël Hers (Memory Lane [+see also:
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, This Summer Feeling [+see also:
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, Amanda [+see also:
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) with Charlotte gainsbourg, Noée Abita, Quito Rayon-Richter and Emmanuelle Béart in the cast (read the article  – a Nord-Ouest Films production) and Mother and Son by Leonor Serraille (Caméra d’Or in Cannes in 2017 with Montparnasse Bienvenüe [+see also:
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) starring Annabelle lengronne, Stephane Bak, Ahmed Sylla and Kenzo Sambin (read the article – a Blue Monday production).

Elle Driver is launching presales for The Bal des Folles by Arnaud des Pallières (in competition in Cannes in 2013 with Michael Kohlhaas [+see also:
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) with Léa Seydoux, Charlotte Rampling and Cecile from France headlining. The production will be led by Prélude.

Finally, Charades (read the lineup news) is working on presales for the Spanish rural thriller Piggy by Carlota Pereda, currently shooting and starring Laura Galán, Richard Holmes and Carmen Machi (read the news). The film is produced by Morena Films and coproduced by Backup Media and Cerdita AIE.

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(Translated from French)