The company will screen Largo Winch, its $35.6m (Euros 28m) comic book adaptation about the eponymous vagabond billionaire. Shot mostly in English, the Jerome Salle-directed film is generating a lot of buzz, with a sequel already in preparation. Both Salle and star Tomer Sisley are on board for the sequel and each have already been signed to US representation at CAA and Endeavor, respectively.
Other hot properties on Wild Bunch's slate include the timely Move On! Storming The Gate, a documentary from Alex Jordanov and Scott Stevenson about progressive grassroots movement MoveOn.org which has been a major player in the upcoming US presidential election.
With the film nearly completed, the film-makers will shoot reactions to the outcome of next week's election day, says Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval. A screening is planned for the AFM while the completed film could be a Sundance entry.
Whatever Works , the latest from Woody Allen, stars Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson and Adam Brooks. A teaser will be shown for the first time at the AFM.
New films on the block
Regarding new films on the slate, Maraval told Screen Daily, 'The new AFM projects correspond to what have been our greatest successes and created our brand - projects from young, irreverent, provocative, original and modern talent. It's the marriage of genre films and modernity within a very strong universe and films that are entirely unique.'
New titles on the line up include:
· The Bunny And The Bull from director Paul King, known to UK audiences for BBC series The Mighty Boosh. A road movie set entirely in an apartment, the film is 'a mix of the best of US buddy movies with the poetry and emotion of Michel Gondry. It is like nothing that's been done before,' says Maraval.
· Dagur Kari's The Good Heart stars There Will Be Blood's Paul Dano and the Bourne series' Brian Cox in a dark comedy set in New York. Kari previously directed the acclaimed Noi Albinoi. Images will be available from the film which will be ready for Cannes.
· Soundtrack From A Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through music. Executive produced by Danny Glover and with the participation of Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Joss Stone and The Roots, the film is directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman. A promo reel will be available at the AFM.
· Wild Bunch will also commence sales on the newly-acquired Valhalla Rising, a violent genre film from the director of the Pusher trilogy, Nicolas Winding Refn. The film stars Mads Mikkelsen and will be released in France by Le Pacte.
· The first scenes will be available from the Jan Kounen-directed love story of the two artistic giants Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. Mikkelsen also stars in Coco along with Anna Mouglalis. Maraval calls it, 'the film of maturity of one of the greatest hopes in French cinema, who, after stumbling with Blueberry, came back to form with 99 Francs and should define himself with this film.'
· Continuing its relationship with Kim Chapiron, director of cult hit Sheitan, Wild Bunch will present a demo reel of Dog Pound. The film, which will shoot in the US in English, is a harrowing story of kids in prison who fight for their lives while fighting to keep hope alive. Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist K'Naan stars and is expected to release his latest album at the completion of the film.
Rounding out the slate of new projects is Spanish film Hierro, directed by first-timer Gabe Ibanez and produced by the makers of Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage. When a woman's young son vanishes, she is forced on a journey that leads her into a nightmare of horror and loss. Mararval points out that the film is not just an exercise in horror and has a strong emotional core.
Wild Bunch market screenings at the AFM include Javier Fesser's Camino, Hayao Miyazaki's mega-hit Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea and Fabrice du Welz's well-received Vinyan.
A teaser of Radu Milhaileanu's The Concert will be available for the first time - the Weinstein Co. acquired the film in Cannes - as will a promo for Rintaro's Yona Yona Penguin, a teaser for Laurent Tirard's Petit Nicholas and a teaser for Ken Loach's Eric Cantona film, Looking For Eric.