Wild Bunch has unveiled a wide ranging slate which includes work from Ken Loach, Gaspar Noe, Lou Ye, Radu Mihaileanu, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Woody Allen and Hayao Miyazaki.
The company has already announced that it is handling four competition titles, four out of competition and two in Un Certain Regard.
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Gaspar Noe returns with Enter The Void. Pierre Buffin, whose credits include Spider-Man 3 and Arthur And The Minimoys is overseeing visual effects on the altered state melodrama which will be ready for Cannes next year.
The latest film from acclaimed director Radu Mihaileanu is The Concert . The $21m (Euros 13.5m) film's premise centers on a former conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra who, during the communist era, was sacked when he refused to fire the Jewish players.
Still working in the orchestra's theatre as a janitor, he stumbles upon a faxed invitation for the Orchestra to play in Paris and decides to gather up his old musician buddies and go to Paris as the Bolshoi. It is partly based on a true story.
Controversial Chinese director Lou Ye marks a return to Wild Bunch's line up with a film that is certain to spark more ire from the mainland. Spring Fever is pegged as a 'beautiful, erotic menage a trois' about homosexuality, love and passion.
At $31m (Euros 20m), Little Nicholas, by Laurent Tirard (Moliere), is based on the works of Rene Goscinny and Sempe about a mischievous little boy.
Starring Valerie Lemercier and Kad Merard, the film will be ready in late 2009. Alain Chabat co-adapted the project, which Wild Bunch's Vincent Maraval says is visually close to Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle .
Woody Allen continues his partnership with Wild Bunch via an as-yet untitled project starring Evan Rachel Wood and Larry David. Maraval notes that the film should be very interesting given the participation of Harris Savides (Zodiac, American Gangster), who is shooting the film for an early 2009 release.
Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea will be released by Studio Ghibli in Japan this July. The film marks a return to the family genre for Miyazaki and resembles The Little Mermaid in a contemporary setting according to Maraval. Miyazaki has said of the film, 'This is my response to the afflictions and uncertainty of our times.'
Iranian auteur Mohsen Makhmalbaf teams with his wife Marziyeh Meshkini for directorial collaboration The Man Who Came With Snow . The film is set in 1992 and deals with the consequences of the fall of the Soviet Union. It will be ready for Venice.
Finally, Move On! Storming The Gate is a documentary from directors Alex Jordanov and Scott Stevenson.
The film traces the grassroots movement that has become one of the major players in the upcoming US election.
Participants include supporters of the organization like Matt Damon and Bruce Springsteen and those who are against such as George Bush and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain who both denounce the group on film. It will be completed after the US elections in November.
Previously announced films on Wild Bunch's slate with promo reels available include Jaco Van Dormael's Mr. Nobody with Jared Leto and Sarah Polley; Jerome Salle's Largo Winch ; Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke and Evan Rachel Wood and Fabrice du Welz's Vinyan among many others.
Screening in the market are Howard McCain's Outlander with Jim Caviezel; Philippe Muyl's family film Magic! ; Agnes Merlet's Dorothy with Carice Van Houten; Pascal Laugier's horror movie Martyrs which The Weinstein Company is releasing in the US; Shin-Yeon Won's thriller Seven Days ; the controversial Downloading Nancy by Johan Renck; Chris Waitt's A Complete History Of My Sexual Failures and Samuel Benchetrit's I Always Wanted To Be A Gangster .
In the main selection, Wild Bunch has Arnaud Desplechin's star-studded A Christmas Tale ; James Gray's Two Lovers with Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow; Steven Soderbergh's Che films and Eric Khoo's My Magic all in competition.
Out of competition films apart from Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona are Sangue Pazzo from Marco Tullio Giordana; Emir Kusturica's Maradona documentary and Abel Ferrara's hotel homage Chelsea On The Rocks .
In Un Certain Regard are Michel Gondry, Leox Carax and Bong Joon-Ho's Tokyo ! and James Toback's boxing documentary Tyson .