Twelve features and a delegation of thirteen artists, along with twenty-five sales companies, will be present at the Festival du film français au Japon, organized to take place from June 26 through 29 in Tokyo.
It is worth noting that, parallel to the festival, UniFrance films is organizing a film market between French exporters and Japanese distributors. On Thursday 25 and Friday 26 June, all the French exporters, being twenty sales companies, will be present in Tokyo. From June 8 on, Gaumont, STUDIOCANAL, EuropaCorp, Goodfellas (ex-Wild Bunch International), Pyramide International, Le Pacte, and all the other participating companies will have the opportunity to show their films to Japanese buyers, whom they will then meet during the two-day market.
This year, for the first time, a French film market is also being organized in Seoul, South Korea, just prior to the Tokyo event, to allow exporters to visit both countries during a single trip. The Seoul market will take place from June 23 through 24, also preceded by a series of market screenings during the week beginning 15 June, with the cooperation of the Institut Français in Seoul. Sixteen French companies have registered for this first edition. Parallel to the market, Louane Emera will be present in Seoul to promote the release of The Bélier Family, and a premiere screening will be presented on June 24. Christophe Gans will also be present in Seoul for a series of master classes moderated by Korean director Bong Joon-Ho.
All the films in the selection
The Bélier Family by Éric Lartigau, in the presence of the director and of Louane Emera
Japanese distributor: The Klockworx Co Ltd
The New Girlfriend by François Ozon, in the presence of Anaïs Demoustier
Japanese distributor: Kino Films
Violette by Martin Provost, in the presence of the director and of Emmanuelle Devos
Japanese distributor: Moviola
The Price of Fame by Xavier Beauvois, in the presence of the director
Japanese distributor: Gaga Corporation
Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako, in the presence of the director
Japanese distributor: Respect Co., Ltd./ sphc (spring has come Ltd.)
Astragalus by Brigitte Sy
The Salt of the Earth by Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, in the latter's presence
Japanese distributor: Respect Co., Ltd. / Transformer, Inc.
Eden by Mia Hansen-Løve, in the presence of Félix De Givry and Sven Love
Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas, in the presence of the director
Japanese distributor: Transformer, Inc.
Gemma Bovery by Anne Fontaine, in her presence
Japanese distributor: Comstock group
Serial (Bad) Weddings by Philippe De Chauveron
The Earrings of Madame de... by Max Ophuls
The opening ceremony will take place on June 26 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, and The Bélier Family will be presented.
Among the other events, a "French Touch" evening will be held on June 27, with a DJ set by Sven Love, Mia-Hansen Love's brother, who is the inspiration behind the main character in Eden.
Last but not least, Abderrahmane Sissako will give a master class at the Institut Français in Tokyo, which will also take place on June 27.