Magazine article Screen International

Elle Driver Unveils Biggest Cannes Slate

Magazine article Screen International

Elle Driver Unveils Biggest Cannes Slate

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EXCLUSIVE: Cannes 2013 line-up includes new films from Coixet, Téchiné, Jacquot and Anurag.

Paris-based sales company Elle Driver is heading to Cannes this year with one of its biggest and most diverse slates to date.

Adeline Fontan Tessaur, co-chief at Elle Driver, said: "We've got a strong line-up of confirmed directors as well as a diverse range of female filmmakers.

"The slate is a mix of auteur works, high concept titles and edgy comedies - we're pleased with how it's come together this year."

Recent pick-ups include Spanish director Isabel Coixet's highly anticipated Arctic-set, love triangle drama Nobody Wants the Night starring Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi as two women who are in love with the same man.

The film is inspired by the true story of 19th century Arctic explorer Robert Peary who took his upper-class wife Josephine on his expeditions but also fathered several children by Inuit women. Binoche stars as Peary's wife opposite Kikuchi as an Inuit woman who is pregnant with Peary's child.

Festival titles on the Elle Driver slate include Rebecca Zlotowski's tragic romance Grand Central, starring Tahar Rahim and Léa Seydoux, which premieres in Un Certain Regard. Fontan Tessaur describes it as "a little gem".

The company also recently picked up Indian director Anurag Kashyap's Ugly which is premiering in Directors' Fortnight.

New titles

New French titles on the slate include the latest films from André Téchiné, Benoit Jacquot and Albert Dupontel.

Téchiné's provisionally entitled L'homme que l'ont aimait trop reunites the director with Catherine Deneuve.

It is inspired by the true case of Agnes Le Roux. The young heiress disappeared in the late 1970s after becoming embroiled in a Mafia-backed plot to force her mother Renée to sell the family casino on the French Riviera.

Renée accused former confidant Maurice Agnelet, a playboy lawyer who also became Agnes' lover, of murdering her daughter. To this day, the young woman's body has never been found and Agnelet proclaims his innocence. The case was a cause celebre in the French media in the late 1970s.

Deneuve plays Renée opposite Guillaume Canet as Maurice and upcoming actress Adèle Haenel as Agnes. Elle Driver will have a script in Cannes for the film, which started shooting in the South of France this month.

It marks the seventh time Téchiné and Deneuve have worked together. The pair first collaborated on Hotel America in 1981. …

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