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10 to watch from French Cinema at AFM

10 to Watch

For the seventh consecutive year, UniFrance throws the spotlight on ten French talents (including a talented duo) who are attracting acclaim at international festivals and who have now set out to conquer the global marketplace with their films.

They have made the headlines at the last Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Busan and San Sebastián film festivals and/or have received the Cannes or the Annecy label. These ten talents to watch embody the best of recent French cinema with their creativity, their modernity and inventiveness.

The eclecticism of their career and the singularity of their works reflect the diversity and richness of French cinema. Let us bet today that the power and emotion of their films and their acting performances will cross numerous borders and contribute to the success of French cinema around the world.

10 artists with great singularity and promise to watch out for: 

Noée Abita
Anthony Bajon
Rémi Chayé
Maïmouna Doucouré
Zita Hanrot
Camélia Jordana
Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh
Suzanne Lindon
Hugo Sélignac
Benjamin Voisin 

 

 

DO NOT MISS THESE TITLES

 

The Big Hit
French • Comedy • 100 minutes

Etienne, an often out of work but endearing actor, runs a theater workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s famous play Waiting for Godot. When he is allowed to take the convicts on a tour outside of prison, Etienne finally has the chance to thrive. Each date is a new success and a unique relationship grows between this ad hoc group of actors and their director. But soon comes the final performance in Paris.
Will their last night together be the biggest hit of them all?

 

The Night Doctor
French • Drama • 100 minutes

Mikaël is a doctor on night call. He looks after patients from underprivileged neighborhoods, as well as those whom no one else wants to see: drug addicts. His life is chaotic. Torn between his wife and his mistress, embroiled in trafficking fraudulent prescriptions with his cousin, a pharmacist, Mikaël is left with no choice: Tonight, he has to reclaim control over his life.

 

Blast
French • Drama • 90 minutes

In a Parisian parking lot, Sonia finds herself trapped in her car with her son and the daughter of her boyfriend Fred, who has been left outside, powerless to deal with the situation: an anti-tank mine has been set under the car. Sonia is a bomb-disposal expert who works for a NGO with Fred. Although she’s used to face dangerous situations, with the children’s lives on the line, the stakes have never been higher. Alongside colleagues Igor and Camille, Sonia and Fred have 30 minutes to diffuse the bomb and work out who could be the mastermind behind this. Will they stand united until the end or will the family implode under the pressure?

 

Knuckledust
English • Thriller • 95 minutes

The police find bare-knuckle boxer Hard Eight at Knuckledust, an underground fight ring. He is the lone survivor amidst hundreds of massacred. Now a crack team of East London coppers has just ninety minutes to find out if their man is the murderer or a victim.

 

The Advent Calendar
French

Eva, an ex-dancer, is now living in a wheelchair, unable to walk. when her friend Sophie gives her an old wooden antique advent calendar before Christmas, she realizes each window contains a surprise that triggers repercussions in real life: some of them good, but most of them bad... Now Eva will have to choose between getting rid
of the calendar or walking again...
even if it causes death around her.

 

Meander
English, French • Horror, Science-Fiction, Thriller

After getting a car ride from an unknown man, Lisa wakes up in a tube. On her arm is strapped a bracelet with a countdown. She quickly understands that every 8 minutes, fire burns an occupied section.She has no choice but to crawl into safe sections to survive. To know why she’s there and how to get out, Lisa will have to face the memories of her dead daughter…

 

A Perfect Enemy
English • Thriller • 89 minutes

Successful architect Jeremy Angust is approached on his trip to Paris international Airport by a chatty woman named Texel Textor. She is an outcast who seems to be looking for a captive audience she forces to listen to her strange stories. Jeremy misses his flight because of Texel, and once seated in the lounge area, he will not be able to get rid of the annoying stranger. Although the meeting seems fortuitous, soon the nature of this encounter turns into something much more sinister and criminal.


 

UniFrance’s other missions

For more than 70 years, UniFrance has been using its experience of the international marketplace to support French cinema worldwide.

UniFrance is based in Paris and also has representatives for the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. Its membership brings together around 1,000 French producers, filmmaking talents, agents and sales companies, which are working together to promote French film among foreign audiences, industry executives and media.

 

French Cinema 2020

Discover the 79 French films (majority and minority French productions) presented at Cannes, Venice, Toronto, San Sebastián, and Busan in 2020!

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Selective support for the distribution of feature-length films abroad

In order to strengthen and renew distribution strategies in foreign markets for French cinematographic works, UniFrance, with the support of the CNC, has set up a financial support scheme for the distribution of French films abroad.

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Support for talent travel abroad

UniFrance provides a consistent support for filmmakers to allow them to accompany and present their works abroad.

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Economic data

UniFrance collects key figures and trends on the performance of French films in foreign theaters.

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The AFM is not a festival - it is the largest motion picture market in the world. 8,000 industry attendees, including producers, distributors, directors, agents, writers, lawyers & bankers. Over 540 films screened, most world or U.S. premieres.

$US3 Billion spent annually by participants to produce films
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Pre roll newsletter N° 1 
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N°4 (November 2) 
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N°6 (November 4)  
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AFM 2017 Wrap & global  I N°8 I N°7 I N°6 I N°5 I N°4 I  OPENING N°3 I  Preview N°2 I N°1

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