May 22nd, 2012

Pontas at the Cannes Film Market 2012

For the third year in a row, Pontas was present at the Cannes Festival’s Marché du Film, the biggest event in the international film industry and a unique opportunity to meet the most varied professionals, from producers to investors, from lawyers to sales agents, from distributors to directors... At the most different spots around Cannes: from stands at the Palais or Riviera to the appartments and hotel suites at La Croisette, from terraces by the beach to terraces at the hotels, restaurants and cafés...

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According to Jérôme Paillard, executive director of the market, this year there was a 9% increase in attendance. Altogether, 4,600 films, including completed and projects, were on sale at the beginning of the market. The number of buyers (distributors) was up to 1,900. “We have the feeling that despite recession, people want to be here”, said Jérôme. Increases could also be seen across other sections of the market, with 300 producers registered for the second go-round of the Producers Workshop, one of them being Anna Soler-Pont representing the Pontas team.

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The adaptation of Cold Skin (La pell freda) by Catalan author Albert Sánchez Piñol is already in pre-production by Kanzaman (with Pontas as associated producers). The film is to be shot in English language, in Iceland and directed by French filmmaker Xavier Gens. A powerful teaser was shown around the market. In the photos above, from left to right: Denis Pedregosa, Colette Aguilar, Denise O’Dell; Talal Selhami, Lucette Legot and Xavier Gens.

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