After electing a new president this week, Unifrance has announced the line-ups for its next two big summer events.
The 3rd Festival du Film Francais in Seoul, South Korea will run from June 13-22 concurrently with the 11th edition of the Festival du Film Francais in Yokohama, Japan which runs June 18-22.
Twelve features, 11 from the Yokohama selection will be shown to the Korean public and to industry professionals, with two films being accompanied by their artistic teams: Cannes opener Fanfan La Tulipe and Coline Serreau's follow-up to Trois Hommes Et Un Couffin: 18 Years Later.
While those two were not box-office hits in France, the other films in the line-up include some very successful titles:
Le Coeur Des Hommes by Marc Esposito
Mon Idole by Guillaume Canet
Chouchou by Merzak Allouache
Embrassez Qui Vous Voudrez by Michel Blanc
Les Corps Impatients by Xavier Giannoli
Fureur by Karim Dridi
Il Est Plus Facile Pour Un Chameau by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Pas Si Grave by Bernard Rapp
La Petite Lili by Claude Miller
Stupeur Et Tremblements by Alain Corneau
South Korea has become the second most important Asian market for French films after Japan. Films such as Vidocq, Asterix And Obelix: Mission Cleopatre and The Pianist had especially strong showings this year.
As for Yokohama, 22 feature films and six shorts will be shown - of these, five already have distribution in Japan and will be shown in sneak previews. The remainder of the films will hope to find a distributor during the festival.
Vincent Perez, who will be on hand to present his most recent film Fanfan La Tulipe, will act as president of the festival. Along with Perez, a delegation of actors, directors, producers, agents and exporters will also make the journey including Isabelle Adjani, Benoit Jacquot, Daniele Thompson, Jean Reno, Guillaume Canet, Cedric Klapisch, Judith Godreche, Marc Esposito, Karine Silla, Claude Miller, Patrice Chereau, and Ludivine Sagnier. A mini market runs alongside the festival as well.
Along with the films shown in Seoul, the additional titles in Yokohama are:
Adolphe by Benoit Jacquot
L'Auberge Espagnole by Cedric Klapisch
Dans Ma Peau by Marina De Van
Jet-Lag by Daniele Thompson
Etre Et Avoir by Nicolas Philibert
Laisse Tes Mains Sur Mes Hanches by Chantal Lauby
Pas De Repos Pour Les Braves by Alain Guiraudie
Qui A Tue Bambi' by Gilles Marchand
Son Frere by Patrice Chereau
Un Homme, Un Vrai by Jean-Marie et Arnaud Larrieu.
The Yokohama event has become one of the most important dates on the French film industry calendar. In 2002, 2 million tickets were sold to French-language films making it the most successful year ever.