Wild Bunch hits Cannes next week with a colossal 14 films in official selection and one each in Critics’ Week and Directors’ Fortnight. Co-founder and sales chief Vincent Maraval tells me that’s a record for the company that last year unveiled The Artist at the festival.
There are also 4 new films debuting on the sales slate including Brian De Palma’s Passion starring Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace and Paul Anderson. The Saïd Ben Saïd-produced film is De Palma’s own spin on Alain Corneau’s 2010 thriller Crime D’Amour about a power struggle between a ruthless executive and her protégé. Wild Bunch is also handling Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter with Abigail Breslin. The supernatural thriller/ghost story focuses on a young girl and her family who have been trapped in their house since they died there in 1986. Steve Hoban is producing the currently shooting film from Copperheart Entertainment.
After 2010’s Film Socialisme, Jean-Luc Godard is back with Wild Bunch and Goodbye To Language 3D. Godard’s films are typically tough to describe, but Maraval tells me this one involves a couple and a dog who helps them communicate when they’re no longer able. Rounding out the new titles is Marina de Van’s English-language horror tale Dark Touch from Agat Films, Ex-Nihilo and Element Pictures. This one focuses on a young girl whose family is murdered by their house. When she tries to convince the police of the house’s rage, no one believes her.
Previously announced titles on the roster include Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling and which Radius-TWC has in the US. Wild Bunch has been selling the Bangkok-set revenge thriller with Gaumont which has just a handful of territories left to go. There’s also Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties with Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis and James Caan from a script by James Gray. Already sold in about 15 foreign territories, this one is likely to see movement during the market. Producers are Alain Attal, Hugo Selignac and John Lesher. There will also be a promo reel from Gray’s own untitled period picture with Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. Gray produces with Anthony Katagas, Greg Shapiro and Christopher Woodrow.
Among films to keep an eye on from Wild Bunch’s raft of official selection titles are Cristian Mungiu’s return to feature directing with Beyond The Hills (Sundance Selects has the US); Ken Loach’s feel-good comedy The Angel’s Share; Leos Carax’s Holy Motors with Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue; serial killer reboot Maniac starring Elijah Wood in a midnight screening; controversial Chinese director Lou Ye’s Un Certain Regard opener Mystery; Confessions Of A Child Of The Century with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lily Cole and rocker Pete Doherty (Cohen Media Group has domestic); Pablo Trapero’s White Elephant starring Jérémie Rénier; omnibus 7 Days In Havana with vignettes from directors including Benicio Del Toro and Gaspar Noé; Rufus Norris’ Tim Roth/Cillian Murphy-starrer Broken which is opening Critics’ Week and Patrice Leconte’s animated Suicide Shop 3D presented by The Artist producer Thomas Langmann in the Cannes Junior section.