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The 19th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris — the world’s leading French film market and the biggest press junket dedicated to French cinema – will take place from January 12 through 16, 2017. This event will be attended by 480 film buyers, 42 French sales agents and 100 journalists from around 50 countries, who will have the chance to discover 115 films and meet with 130 French actors and directors.

The event’s opening ceremony held on the evening of January 13 at the Automobile Club de France will provide an opportunity for UniFrance to present a report on the performance of French films in international theaters in 2016. It will also be the occasion to launch the 7th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival, the UniFrance-organized Online French Film Festival, in the presence of the jury and the selected films’ crews.

The film market will open with Dalida, the biopic on the life of singer and actress Dalida, directed by Lisa Azuelos. The special screening will be attended by director Lisa Azuelos, actress Sveva Alviti, producer Julien Madon and Orlando, Dalida’s brother, as well as UniFrance president Jean-Paul Salomé and executive director Isabelle Giordano.

From her birth in Cairo in 1933 to her debut performance at the Olympia in 1956, from her marriage with Lucien Morisse, the boss of the emerging Europe no 1 radio station, to disco nights, from her journeys of discovery in India to the worldwide hit of “Gigi l’Amoroso” in 1974, Dalida is the intimate portrait of an absolute, complex, and sunny woman… A modern woman at a time that was less so… Despite her tragic death in 1987, Dalida continues to shine with her eternal presence.

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