Filmmaker Antoine de Maximy, known for his TV series I'm Spending The Night At Your Place, takes his show on the road in the US with Hollywood: I'm Sleeping Over Tonight. The documentary will follow de Maximy across the US as he meets the locals and eventually lands in Hollywood where he may spend the night at the home of one of Tinseltown's biggest stars. The film is produced by Bonne Pioche and a promo reel will be available at the Rendez-Vous.
Arnaud Desplechin brings together a pedigree cast that includes Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Chiara Mastroianni, Emmanuelle Devos and Anne Consigny for A Christmas Tale. The story revolves around a family that has never recovered from the loss of a child and its reconciliation when another family member falls gravely ill. It will be ready for Cannes. Into The Wild cinematographer Eric Gautier shot the film which is produced by Why Not Productions. Wild Bunch Distribution is handling the French release.
For Park Benches, Bruno Podalydes borrows from Desplechin's cast with a star-studded ensemble piece which includes turns from Deneuve, Amalric, Mastroianni and Devos as well as Thierry Lhermitte, Josiane Balasko, Pierre Arditi, Julie Depardieu, Nicole Garcia and Benoit Poelvoorde among others. The day-in-the-life comedy is a variation on Podalydes' 1992 film Versailles Rive-Gauche. UGC is releasing in France.
Screenings of Wild Bunch films at the Rendez-Vous will include Alain Corneau's Second Wind, Claude Chabrol's A Girl Cut In Two, Desplechin's L'Aimee and premieres of Gilles de Maistre's The First Cry, Marc Caro's Dante 01, Olivier Jean-Marie's Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure, Luc Jacquet's The Fox And The Child, Guillaume Malandrin's The Hand Of The Headless Man and Vera Belmont's Surviving With Wolves.
Other films rounding out the slate include Jerome Salle's Largo Winch for which a teaser will be available; Marina De Van's Don't Look Back starring Monica Belluci and Sophie Marceau for which a featurette will be shown and Jaco Van Dormael's Mr Nobody with Sarah Polley and Jared Leto.
Promo reels will be available for Dorothy Mills by Agnes Merlet and starring Carice Van Houten; Vinyan by Fabrice du Welz; Claire Denis' White Material, Pascal Laugier's Martyrs and Gilles Bourdos' English-language Afterwards starring John Malkovich, Romain Duris and Evangeline Lilly.
Finally, other screenings include Un Certain Regard special jury prize winner Actresses by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; Samuel Benchetrit's I Always Wanted To Be A Gangster; Sam and Fred Guillaume's motion-capture Max & Co; Hayo Freitag's animated The Three Robbers and Hiner Saleem's The Rooftops Of Paris.