The newly-christened PyramideInternational is heading into Cannes with a strong line up that includesseveral competition titles and will begin pre-sales on new films from directorTony Gatlif, Jean-Pierre Ameris and Julie Lopes-Curval among others.
The company has one film in themain competition, Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu's Peindre Ou Faire L'Amourstarring Sabine Azema, Daniel Auteuil, Sergi Lopez and Amira Casar.
In Un Certain Regard are two filmsco-produced by sister company Pyramide Productions: Benito Zambrano's HabanaBlues which has already sold over 600,000 tickets at the Spanish box-officeand whose soundtrack is at number five on the charts and Alain Cavalier's LeFilmeur.
In the Fortnight, the companyboasts Brigitte Rouan's Travaux, one of the last films produced by thelate Humbert Balsan and starring Carole Bouquet, Geminis by AlbertinaCarri and The Buried Forest by Japan's Kohei Oguri.
Critics' Week title La PetiteJerusalem by Karine Albou is already being compared to Brodeuses andSince Otar Left which won the sidebar's top prize in 2004 and 2003respectively.
Pyramide's Eric Lagesse says,"After a flourishing year in 2004, we are looking at a 'new' Cannes where wehave more selected films than ever before and super projects that are beingprepared."
Former sales chief Lagesse wasrecently made head of Pyramide Distribution for which he will handle foreignacquisitions but will maintain a close watch on sales. The distribution companywill be looking to release 12-14 films a year while sales will work with 15-18,says Lagesse. Fabienne Vonier, who heads up the whole of Pyramide has decidedto concentrate more on producing for the company.
On the film's upcoming projectslate are Tony Gatlif's Transylvania starring Amira Casar and Asia Argento.A production from Gatlif's Prince Films and Pyramide, the film will beginshooting in late-September on a Euros 3m budget. Gatlif took the best directorPalme d'Or at last year's Cannes for Exils which Pyramide also handled.
Julie Lopes-Curval's You And Meis currently shooting with Marion Cotillard, Julie Depardieu and JonathanZaccai in the main roles. The romantic comedy resembles a Lichtenstein paintingand is budgeted at Euros 4.5m.
Call Me Elizabeth is thenext film from Jean-Pierre Ameris adapted from a book by Anne Wiazemsky byAmeris and Amelie writer Guillaume Laurant. Lagesse calls the script,"one of the best I've read in a long time." The film will shoot at the end ofthe year.