Cannes: Wild Bunch to Launch Sales on 'The Dancer, 'The History of Love'

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'The Dancer' star Elle Fanning

The Paris-based sales outfit will also launch sales on its Studio Ghibli co-production "The Red Turtle."

French indie sales and production house Wild Bunch has lined up a wildly strong sales slate for Cannes.

The company, headed by chief Vincent Maraval, will launch sales on director Radu Mihaileanu’s first-English language film The History of Love. The adaptation of Nicole Krauss’ 2005 bestseller is an ambitious intertwined tale that follows John Hurt’s main character from the Holocaust to modern New York City. It co-stars Gemma Arterton and Sophie Nelisse.

The Paris-based company will also launch sales on The Dancer, the debut feature from fashion film director Stephanie di Giusto. Elle Fanning stars as the legendary dancer Isadora Duncan and French singer Soko as her rival Loie Fuller in turn-of-the-20th-century Paris.

Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle will also make its market debut. The first animated feature from Oscar-winner Michael Dudok de Withighly, based on the script he co-wrote with Bird People director Pascale Ferran, will tease art and footage from the film.

They’ll also dip into Jerome Salle’s Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey. The father-son drama stars French actor and Cannes master of ceremonies Lambert Wilson and Cesar-winner Pierre Niney.

Wild Bunch will return with Gaspard Noe’s official selection title Love, Arnaud Desplechin’s Directors’ Fortnight entry My Golden Days, and Mark Osborne’s highly anticipated official selection premiere The Little Prince, all of which it launched last year. The company is also handling Valerie Donzelli’s incest tale Marguerite and Julien, Philippe Garrel’s Directors’ Fortnight title In the Shadow of Women, and Elie Wajerman’s Critics’ Week entry The Anarchists.

Other official selection titles on its roster include Kore-eda Hirokazu’s family drama Our Little Sister, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, Michel Franco’s Chronic, starring Tim Roth, and Jacques Audiard’s provisionally titled Sri Lankan civil ware tale Dheepan.

 

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