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Cannes Genre Market Lineup, Wild Bunch Boards Animation Mirai, TrustNordisk Takes Bruno Manser Biopic — Cannes Briefs

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Genre market Frontières Platform (May 12-13), the co-presentation between the Fantasia International Film Festival and Cannes Marché du Film, will this year feature projects from Denis Côté, Ben Wheatley and Can Evrenol. The Frontières Buyers Showcase (Sunday May 13 at 4pm in Palais K) will feature 6 films, with producers screening footage for potential buyers, sales agents and festival programmers. The lineup includes Denis Côtés (Vic + Flo Saw A Bear) Ghost Town Anthology, Jovanka Vuckovics (XX) Riot Girls, which is handled by XYZ in the U.S., and Antonio Tublens (LFO) Zoo, which is handled by Seville International. The proof of concept presentation on Saturday May 12 will include Girl Without A Mouth, the new film from Baskin director Can Evrenol, and Casey Walkers UK-Canadian project Whitaker, produced by Andy Starke, Pete Tombs and Free Fire director Ben Wheatley for Rook Films alongside Jonathan Bronfman (The Witch).

Wild Bunch has acquired French rights to Mamoru Hosodas Directors Fortnight-bound animation Mirai and will release later this year. The team behind the movie has also released a first-look image of the project. Animation maestro Hosoda (The Boy And The Beast) will be the first Japanese animation director to present a world premiere on the Croisette. Mirai charts the story of a four-year-old boy who feels his place in his parents affections threatened by the arrival of a baby sister until she reveals herself to be a girl from the future. Hosodas studio Studio Chizu produces while Toho will release in Japan this July. Charades handles sales and has already sold the title to the U.S. (GKids), Spain (A Contracorriente), the U.K./Ireland (Anime Limited), Italy (Dynit), Canada (MK2 Mile End), Germany (AV Visionen), Latin America (KEM), Turkey (Filma), Benelux (Cineart), CIS (Exponenta), Hungary (Mozinet), Ex-Yugoslavia (Radar), the Middle East (Selim Ramia and Co) and Australia/New Zealand (Madman). Pic will be titled Mirai, Ma Petite Soeur in France.

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Meanwhile, ahead of Cannes Scandi sales powerhouse TrustNordisk has picked up international sales rights to Paradise War (working title), the biopic of Swiss activist Bruno Manser who disappeared in the Borneo rainforest in the early 1980s. Niklaus Hilber directs the feature about Mansers journey into the Borneo jungle to live with the nomadic Penan tribe. When the existence of the Penan is threatened by relentless deforestation, the environmentalist takes up the fight against logging companies but pays the ultimate sacrifice. Swiss-based A Film Company produces the movie which stars Sven Schelker (The Circle) as Manser. The film was shot in Switzerland, New York, Budapest and Borneo. Ascot Elite handles distribution of the Swiss-Austrian co-pro in Switzerland.

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