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The UniFrance Film Meetings are hosting 55 market premieres

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- Paris is playing host to 250 foreign buyers who have travelled to the capital in person to discover the French titles currently gracing French sales agents’ books, and future works too

The UniFrance Film Meetings are hosting 55 market premieres
Simone: The Journey of the Century by Olivier Dahan

Having kicked off yesterday with an Export Day (read our news) and the first of three days dedicated to their audiovisual market, the 24th UniFrance Film Meetings (due to wrap on Sunday) are set to get down to business tomorrow by way of the film market. Dynamic and plentiful as ever, from 13 to 16 January French sales agents will be negotiating with 250 foreign distributors who have made the journey to the capital so as to find what they’re looking for within a screening line-up consisting of 88 French films and 55 market premières. These professionals will make their way around the Champs-Élysées, in full respect of current Covid guidelines, navigating between the Balzac, Publicis, Club de l’Etoile and Lincoln cinemas and the Hôtel du Collectionneur, which will act as the market’s beating heart. The Film Meetings’ traditional press-junket, meanwhile, will unfold online, featuring over 150 French artists (leading thirty or so French films expected to be released worldwide this year) who will be interviewed by 141 journalists hailing from 33 countries.

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Five market premières stand out for Other Angle Pictures, chiefly Simone: The Journey of the Century by Olivier Dahan, which will be screened tomorrow evening during the opening gala ceremony (despite its French release being pushed back from 23 February to 12 October), Cœurs vaillants by Mona Achache, The Snow Must Go On by Stéphane Cazès, Licence to Build by Éric Fraticelli and Love is Better than Life by Claude Lelouch.

Four premières are on the agenda for Charades in the form of The Kitchen Brigade [+see also:
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by Louis-Julien Petit, the documentary Last Dance by Coline Abert, The Test [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud and Her Way [+see also:
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by Cécile Ducrocq.

Urban Distribution International are set to unveil Juan José Lozano and Zoltán Horváth’s animated feature Red Jungle [+see also:
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, while France TV Distribution will be pinning their hopes on Little Man Tom by Fabienne Berthaud, Elle Driver on The Companions by François Favrat, Pulsar Content on Wilderness Therapy by Édouard Deluc (news), Memento International on Tropic of Violence [+see also:
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by Manuel Schapira and Be for Films on South Sentinel [+see also:
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by Mathieu Gérault.

Three premières steal focus for Pyramide International, namely Cop Goes Missing [+see also:
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by Frédéric Videau, The World of Yesterday by Diastème (article) and Not My Type by Michel Leclerc.

Playtime will be wagering on premières of About Joan [+see also:
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by Laurent Larivière, which will be presented within the next Berlinale’s Special Gala line-up, Petite Fleur - 15 Ways to Kill Your Neighbour by Santiago Mitre (article) and Ogre [+see also:
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by Arnaud Malherbe.

Three market premières are on the cards for Le Pacte, meanwhile, in the form of Thierry Demaizière and Albal Teurlai’s documentary Rookies [+see also:
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, which will topline the upcoming Berlinale’s Generation line-up, Farewell Paris by Édouard Baer and On the Edge by Giordano Gederlini. Also worth a mention among the other screenings on offer is that of The Family [+see also:
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by Fabien Gorgeart, which is surfing on the buzz thus far generated ahead of its French release on 16 February.

Wild Bunch International are offering a colossal line-up, as per usual, screening The Road Ahead [+see also:
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by Nessim Chikhaoui in a market premiere and launching or pursuing pre-sales on a myriad of French titles, including Other People's Children by Rebecca Zlotowski (in post-production, toplined by Virginie Efira and Roschdy Zem), Sticking Together by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern (news), The Innocent by Louis Garrel, The Five Devils by Léa Mysius (article), Saint-Omer by Alice Diop (article), Rascals by Jimmy Laporal-Trésor (article), Mercy by Kim Chapiron and Blazing Neon by FGKO (article), without forgetting The Stars at Noon by Claire Denis, Brother and Sister [+see also:
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by Arnaud Desplechin, Incredible But True [+see also:
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by Quentin Dupieux, The New Toy by James Huth, the documentary Whale Nation by Jean-Albert Lièvre, Rebel by Belgian duo Adil el Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and Tori and Lokita by fellow Belgians Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, to name just a few.

Five market premières are in the planning for The Party Film Sales, including those of Goodnight, Soldier by Hiner Saleem, Summer Frost by Laetitia Masson, Too Close to the Sun by Brieuc Carnaille, the documentary A guide To Love and Fighting Capitalism by Basile Carré-Agostini and the animated film My Neighbors’ Neighbors by Anne-Laure Daffis et Léo Marchand.

Five premières will likewise come courtesy of the Gaumont sales team, who will be screening Kung Fu Zohra [+see also:
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by Mabrouk El Mechri, which will soon take part in the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Big Screen competition, Rumba Therapy by Franck Dubosc, Rosy – The Forbidden Journey by Marine Barnérias, The Wannabes by Jonathan Barré and the documentary Heart of Oak [+see also:
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by Laurent Charbonnier and Michel Seydoux.

Pathé International will be pinning their hopes on premières of Farewell Mr Haffmann by Fred Cavayé (which is hitting French cinemas today), The Time of Secrets by Christophe Barratier, King by David Moreau and Christmas with the Tuche by Olivier Baroux, while StudioCanal will unveil Rise by Cédric Klapisch (article) and Plancha by Éric Lavaine.

Shining bright within Bac Films’ line-up, meanwhile, who have just announced their acquisitions will now be sold by Wild Bunch International, is the market premiere of Carlo Vogele’s Luxembourg-Belgian-French animated title Icarus and the Minotaur.

Worth a final mention are the two market premières on the agenda for Wide - Black Substance by Carl Carniato and Entre nous by Jude Bauman – while Reservoir Docs are set to unveil Francesca & Love [+see also:
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by Alba Sotorra and Marie-Jo Will See You at 4 by Camille Ponsin.

SND will also be in attendance, with market premières of Maigret by Patrice Leconte, The Bodins by Frédéric Forestier and Employee of the Month by Jérôme Commandeur, while Orange Studio are set to unveil Say Cheese by François Uzan, TF1 Studio are wagering on Two Much for the Job by Frédéric Quiring, and Salaud Morisset will be trying their hand with Emma Benestan’s Hard Shell, Soft Shell.

The many other French international sales agents will also be in action throughout the event, promoting their works either side of these various premières.

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(Translated from French)

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