Wild Bunch is kicking off the year at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous with the addition of six new titles to its line-up.
After their collaboration on Largo Winch, Wild Bunch is reuniting with director Jerome Salle and star Tomer Sisley (pictured) on The Burma Conspiracy.
The new Largo Winch adventure picks up with Winch now CEO of the W Group, which he promptly decides to sell in order to found a humanitarian group. But on the day the agreement is signed, Winch is accused of crimes against humanity. In order to prove his innocence he travels to Burma with a dangerous plan and not much time.
Oscar-nominee Alexandre Desplat provides the music with Nathalie Gastaldo and Philippe Godeau producing for Pan Europeenne. A script will be available at the Rendez-Vous. Wild Bunch releases the film in France in December.
The Clink Of Ice, a high-concept entry from Bertrand Blier, stars Jean Dujardin as a writer who receives a visit from his very own cancer in the form of Albet Dupontel. The story follows Dujardin’s character as he tries to rid himself of this uninvited, immortal house guest. Also starring are Anneal Varo, Myriam Boyer and Audrey Dana.
Christine Gozlan produces for Thelma Films and Catherine Bozorgan for Manchester Films. Wild Bunch will show a promo reel in Paris and release the film in September in France.
Award-winning director Xavier Beauvois follows up 2005’s Le Petit Lieutenant with Of Gods And Men, a tale of eight French monks living in the Maghreb whose faith leads them to stand their ground when a group of terrorists turns up on the doorstep. Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin and Roschdy Zem star in the Armada Films-Why Not Productions-France 3 Cinema production. Mars Films will release in France in September.
Roschdy Zem turns up in another Wild Bunch title: Happy Few from director Anthony Cordier. The grown-up love story asks whether it is ever possible to experience a new sexual passion without committing adultery, and if one can ever truly have it all.
Elodie Bouchez, Marina Fois and Nicolas Duvauchelle also star in the film from Why Not US, Why Not Productions and France 2 Cinema. Le Pacte is releasing the film, which will be ready for Cannes.
Doing the High School Musical thing, Wild Bunch has added Leila to its slate. The film, directed by Audrey Estrougo, stars A Prophet’s Leila Bekhti and Benjamin Siksou as a pair of star-crossed lovers. Hot DP Guillaume Schiffman (Gainsbourg, the OSS films) is shooting the film and a promo will be available at the Rendez-Vous. Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier of Fidelite Films are producing. Mars Films releases in France in September.
Delbosc and Missonnier are also behind Nicolas Cuche’s Second Chance, a romantic comedy about a successful marriage counsellor who jinxes every relationship he’s in. Francois-Xavier De Maison, Virginie Efira, Brigitte Rouan and Elie Semoun are among the cast. The film will be ready at the end of the year and go out in France via Mars Films.
Screening in their world premieres are two Wild Bunch titles: The Blonde With Bare Breasts and Immaculate. The former is from producer Alain Goldman and director Manuel Pradal. Starring Vahina Giocante, Nicolas Duvachelle, Steve Le Roi and Paul Schmidt, the picture is a heist film-love story with an element of sibling rivalry.
Immaculate comes from director Gregoire Vigneron and stars Benoit Magimel, Francois-Xavier De Maison, Julie Gayet and Lea Seydoux. A Fidelite Films production, the story of lies, murder, blackmail and love is co-produced by Wild Bunch, Mars Films and Scope Pictures.
Wild Bunch will also screen its box-office hit Le Petit Nicolas – France’s top grossing local film of 2009 – along with Claire Denis’ White Material and Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr Nobody, among others, at the Rendez-Vous.
Also on the slate are previously announced films such as documentary The Revelation Of The Pyramids, Full Treatment with Audrey Tautou, Sam Gabarski’s A Distant Neighborhood, and Jean-Luc Godard’s Socialisme, all of which are currently in post-production.