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Gaumont Boards Franck Dubosc’s Directorial Debut, ‘Rolling To You’ (Exclusive)

Gaumont is partnering with Paris-based producer Lgm, the outfit behind Guillaume Gallienne’s “Me, Myself and Mum,” on high-concept comedy “Rolling to You,” which will be directed by Franck Dubosc.

Along with Dany Boon and Christian Clavier, Dubosc is one of France’s most bankable actors in French comedies. His recent movies include “Les tetes de l’emploi” ($3.4 million in domestic box office), “Camping 3” ($24 million) and “Boule et Bill” ($3.4 million).

On top of co-producing via his outfit Pour Toi Public Prods., Dubosc stars in “Rolling to You” opposite popular French actress Alexandra Lamy. Her recent credits include Harlan Coben’s miniseries “No Second Chance,” which was a hit on TF1, and Eric Lavaine’s “Back to Mom’s.”

Cecile Gaget, who heads up international co-production and distribution at Gaumont, said “Rolling to You” was intended to be as romantic and politically incorrect as “There’s Something About Mary.”

Dubosc stars as Jocelyn,
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TF1 Studio Celebrates One Year as French Film Banner

TF1 Studio Celebrates One Year as French Film Banner
TF1 Studio is about to turn one year old. France’s largest commercial network launched the vertically integrated film banner in May as a way to consolidate their disparate acquisition, development and multi-platform distribution channels.

By centralizing its organization, unifying aims and offering partners a single point of contact, TF1 Studio execs say a clear brand and a steady hand will give them a competitive advantage in the country’s ever-difficult film distribution marketplace.

Run by Nathalie Toulza-Madar and Tristan du Laz, and overseen by TF1 Entertainment director Olivier Jacobs — he is also responsible for TF1 Films, a co-financing and production subsidiary that is nonetheless wholly apart — TF1 Studio will partner with local distributors for 12 theatrical releases this year, and up to 15 in the years to come.

In keeping with TF1’s mainstream brand, the slate has a decided focus on crowd-pleasing, wide-appeal features. Upcoming films “Dr. Knock,” a period
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Berenice Bejo Joins Indian Star Dhanush in Ken Scott’s ‘Journey’ (Exclusive)

Berenice Bejo Joins Indian Star Dhanush in Ken Scott’s ‘Journey’ (Exclusive)
Berenice Bejo, the Oscar-nominated actress of “The Artist,” is set to star in “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” an adventure-fantasy film directed by “Starbuck” helmer Ken Scott. TF1 Studio is selling the film.

One of the most ambitious English-language titles on the slate of the recently rebranded TF1 Studios, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” will also topline Indian star Dhanush, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Laurent Lafitte, and Abel Jafri.

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” was initially set to be directed by “Persepolis” helmer Marjane Satrapi. Scott came on board a few months ago to rework the script and direct the movie, which is scheduled to begin shooting in May in Mumbai, Paris, Brussels, and Rome.

The pic is based on Romain Puértolas’ bestselling debut novel, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages.
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Elle Driver scores Rdv deals on Audrey Dana’s 'If I Were A Boy'

Exclusive: Comedy centres on woman who wakes up one morning with something extra.

Elle Driver is reporting brisk business on Audrey Dana’s comedy If I Were A Boy following a packed screening at the Unifrance Rendez-vous With French Cinema in Paris, which runs from January 12-16.

Popular French actress Dana directs and stars as the unlucky-in-love heroine Jeanne – a recently-divorced single mother who has sworn off men.

One morning she wakes up with a penis – a development that mystifies her gynaecologist and results in some quirky situations as Jeanne navigates her way – emotionally and physically – through the unprecedented development.

Other cast members include Serial (Bad) Weddings star Christian Clavier; Eric Elmosnino, whose recent credits include the hit La Famille Bélier; and Alice Belaïdi (A Little Job, The Climb).

It is Dana’s second feature in the director’s chair after her 2014 ensemble work French Women (Sous Les Jupes des Filles) co-starring Isabelle Adjani, Laetitia Casta, [link
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TF1 Studio Scores Deals on UniFrance Rdv’s Standout ‘Alibi.com’ (Exclusive)

TF1 Studio Scores Deals on UniFrance Rdv’s Standout ‘Alibi.com’ (Exclusive)
Paris– TF1 Studio has scored a raft of sales on Philippe Lacheau’s high-concept comedy “Alibi.com,” a highlight at UniFrance’s mini-market Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris.

The film turns on Greg (Lacheau), whose new startup alibi.com, a service allowing people to pay big bucks to come up with creatives lies in order to hide their double lives, is a major success. But Greg’s job starts to become highly problematic once he meets the girl of his dreams, Flo, whose father happens to be a client of Alibi.com.

Directed and penned by Lacheau, who is behind some of France’s biggest comedy hits such as “All Gone South,””Babysitting” and “Paris or Perish,” “Alibi.com” has stirred a large buzz at the Rendez-Vous where it had its market premiere.

TF1 Studio has sold “Alibi.com” to Vertigo for Benelux, Pathe for Switzerland, California Filmes for Latin America, Monolith for Poland,
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French Comedy Heavyweights Christian Clavier, Catherine Frot Star in ‘Finding Mom’ (Exclusive)

French Comedy Heavyweights Christian Clavier, Catherine Frot Star in ‘Finding Mom’ (Exclusive)
Paris – A pair of French comedy heavyweights, Christian Clavier (“Serial Bad Weddings”) and Catherine Frot (“Marguerite”), are set to star in “Finding Mom,” the big-screen adaptation of the popular French play “Momo.”

TF1 Studio is handling international sales on the film and will introduce it to buyers at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, which kicks off tomorrow in Paris.

The director of the play, Sebastien Thiéry, is directing “Finding Mom” with Vincent Lobelle, and wrote the script in collaboration with the actress Pascale Arbillot, who also stars in the film.

“Finding Mom” turns on André (Clavier) and Laurence Prioux (Frot) as a middle-class couple whose tranquil life in an upscale suburb of northern France gets turned upside down by the arrival of a deaf and mute man who claims to be their son. While the couple initially believe they are being conned, Laurence progressively becomes the mother she never
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Afm: Gaumont inks 'A Bag Of Marbles' sales

Exclusive: World War Two drama is based on Joseph Joffo’s best-selling classic novel.

Gaumont has secured a slew of sales on Christian Duguay’s heart-warming drama A Bag Of Marbles about two young Jewish brothers fending for themselves in German-occupied during World War Two.

The picture, which world market premieres at the Afm, is based on Joseph Joffo’s eponymous best-selling novel based on his own experiences.

The film has sold to South Korea (Double & Joy), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Spain (A Contracorriente), Greece (Odeon), Italy (Notorious), Portugal (Lusomundo) and Yugoslavia (Dexin).

It has also been picked up for Israel (Lev), the Middle East (Four Star) and Turkey (Medyavizyon). Cine Video y TV have done a pan-Latin America deal covering Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

Canadian director Duguay’s recent credits include family film Belle And Sebastian: The Adventure Continues.

Key adult cast includes Patrick Bruel, Christian Clavier, [link
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Cannes: Mondex & Cie Boards Antonio Banderas Starrer ‘Picasso’ (Exclusive)

Cannes — Paris-based Mondex & Cie has boarded “33 Days,” starring Antonio Banderas as Picasso and recounting the painter’s emotional turmoil as he worked on “Guernica,” his reaction to the Nazi Luftwaffe blitzkrieg destruction of the Basque town in 1937.

Move comes as Mondex & Cie, headed by Guy Amon and Stephane Sorlat, is moving into TV drama production with its first project, “Revolving Doors.”

Lead-produced by Spain’s Numerica Films, with Mondex on board as its French co-producer “Picasso” takes a large step towards production, scheduled for fall 2016. Mondex and Numerica have opened conversations with various sales companies, said Sorlat.

A portrait of genius at work and in love, “33 Days” captures Picasso reacting to The Times correspondent George Steer’s eye-witness account of the Guernica bombing, dropping another idea for a mural commissioned for the 1937 Paris World Fair and embarking with energy on Guernica.

A rapacious womanizer, Picasso is meanwhile abandoning placid longterm lover Marie-Therese Walter,
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'Serial (Bad) Weddings' duo to reunite on comedy for Snd

Philippe de Chauveron is re-teaming with star Christian Clavier following the pair’s 2014 box-office hit.

Philippe de Chauveron {pictures, top], director of French box office hit Serial (Bad) Weddings, will reunite with Christian Clavier for new comedy Pleeeeeze, also starring Anne Dorval (Mommy) and François Damiens (La Famille Bélier).

Production companies are Puslar Productions and Clavier’s Ouille Productions. The film will be co-produced by Paris-based sales company Snd, who will also handle worldwide sales and French distribution.

The culture-clash comedy stars Clavier as Jean Etienne Fougerole a brilliant, left-wing intellectual with an heiress wife (Dorval) and a new book to promote. But Fougerole is forced to practice what he preaches after a TV talk show host challenges him to open his own home to those in need, rather than encouraging others to do so.

Fougerole accepts and shares his address, only to find his life turned upside down by the arrival of Romanian gypsy father, Babik
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‘Serial (Bad) Weddings” Philippe de Chauveron, Christian Clavier, Snd Team On ‘Pleeeeeze’

‘Serial (Bad) Weddings” Philippe de Chauveron, Christian Clavier, Snd Team On ‘Pleeeeeze’
Paris– Philippe de Chauveron, whose comedy “Serial (Bad) Weddings” was a box office mega-hit, will team up with French film studio Snd on “Pleeeeeze,” another high-concept, culture-clash laffer toplining French star Christian Clavier.

Produced by Pulsar Productions, Clavier’s Ouille Productions and co-produced by Snd, “Pleeeeeze” will also star Belgian comedy fixture Francois Damiens (“Heartbreaker,””La Famille Belier”) and Canadian thesp Anne Dorval (“Mommy”).

While Clavier played a provincial bigot in “Serial (Bad) Weddings,” he will star in “Pleeeeeze” as Jean Etienne Fougerolle, a brilliant and popular left-wing intellectual married to a rich heiress (Dorval). Their lives take an unexpected turn after he participates in a talk show to promote “You’re welcome!” a new book meant to encourage everyone to offer shelter to those in need. Confronted by a pugnacious journalist who suggests he is hypocrite and should welcome Romanian Gypsies to his own house, Fougerolle shares his address on TV.
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SquareOne Nabs ‘Billionaire Boys Club,’ ‘The Blob,’ ‘Journey of the Fakir’ (Exclusive)

SquareOne Nabs ‘Billionaire Boys Club,’ ‘The Blob,’ ‘Journey of the Fakir’ (Exclusive)
Independent German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking rights to five high-profile independent movies, including “The Billionaire Boys Club,” starring Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” featuring Uma Thurman and Gemma Arterton, and the Simon West-directed “The Blob” with Samuel L. Jackson.

SquareOne also picked up French box office comedy hits “Le Grand Partage” and “All Gone South.”

James Cox’s “The Billionaire Boys Club,” which was acquired from Good Universe, is based on the true story of a group of wealthy young men in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who established a get-rich quick scam that turned deadly.

The Blob,” which was acquired from Goldcrest Films, is based on the 1958 sci-fi classic that starred Steve McQueen.

Marjane Satrapi’s comedy adventure tale “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” which was acquired from producer Luc Bossi through TF1, is based on Romain Puertolas’ novel.
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French Comedies Make The Running At UniFrance Rdv In Paris

French Comedies Make The Running At UniFrance Rdv In Paris
Paris– “Full Speed,” “The New Kid,” “French Cuisine” and “Roommates Wanted” were among the French comedies that dominated the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris, the annual Gallic film confab attended by French sales agents and some 500 foreign distributors.

Since “Welcome To The Sticks,” “Heartbreaker,” “The Intouchables” and “Serial (Bad) Weddings” and “Babysitting,” the Rendez-Vous has emerged as a hotspot for mainstream comedies, particularly completed ones. Unlike previous editions, this year’s screenings didn’t have a clear winner — instead, a string a diverse laffers – rather than one single pic – were well-received.

“The New Kid” and “French Cuisine” both screened at the market and have already seen healthy theatrical launches in France. Considering how volatile and competitive the theatrical market has become, the box office score of movies in their home turf has become a key factor for distributors.

Florent Siri’s “French Cuisine” (“Pension Complete”), with Franck Dubosc and Gérard Lanvin,
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TF1 books 'Babysitting 2' sales

Exclusive: Sequel due to hit French screens in December.

TF1 International has been racking up sales on Babysitting 2, titled All Gone South, in which the original film’s gang of madcap, accident-prone friends wreak havoc on an upscale resort in Brazil, before heading off for a disastrous excursion into the Amazon jungle.

The sequel has sold to Germany and Austria (Square One), Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Pathé), Greece (Odeon), Turkey (Associated Euromedia), Portugal (Pris Audiovisuals), the Cis and Central Europe (All Media Company), Poland (Kino Swiat), Middle East (Falcon), Latin America (Antonio Fernandes Filmes) and Japan (Nikkatsu).

Philippe Lacheau, who co-directs alongside Nicolas Benamou, reprises his role as Franck opposite Alice David as girlfriend Sonia and Vincent Desagnat and Tarek Boudali as best pals Ernest and Sam.In the sequel, the quartet head off to a luxury hotel in Brazil owned by Sonia’s pompous father Alain, played by popular French actor Christian Clavier.

Franck is planning
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TF1 runs for de Chauveron’s 'Last Call'

Exclusive: Last Call for Nowhere sold to Neue Visionen for Germany and Frenetic for Switzerland.

TF1 International has boarded Last Call For Nowhere, the latest film from director Philippe de Chauveron, whose French comedy hit Serial (Bad) Weddings grossed $172m worldwide in 2014.

Two distributors who enjoyed success with Serial (Bad) Weddings have already jumped on board. Neue Visionen has acquired the new film for Germany, where Serial (Bad) Weddings topped the box office and drew 3.9m admissions, while Frenetic has taken Swiss rights.

Last Call reunites de Chauveron with Serial (Bad) Weddings co-stars Ary Abittan and Medi Sadoun. Abittan plays José Fernandez, a French border officer sent to Malta to execute an extradition order against Sadoun’s Akim, a man wrongly accused of committing terrorist offences. Fernandez is supposed to accompany Akim on a flight to Kabul, but Akim has other ideas. When he escapes, a wild goose chase across the island ensues.

Serial (Bad) Weddings
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Afm: TF1 runs for de Chauveron’s 'Last Call'

Exclusive: Last Call for Nowhere sold to Neue Visionen for Germany and Frenetic for Switzerland.

TF1 International has boarded Last Call For Nowhere, the latest film from director Philippe de Chauveron, whose French comedy hit Serial (Bad) Weddings grossed $172m worldwide in 2014.

Two distributors who enjoyed success with Serial (Bad) Weddings have already jumped on board. Neue Visionen has acquired the new film for Germany, where Serial (Bad) Weddings topped the box office and drew 3.9m admissions, while Frenetic has taken Swiss rights.

Last Call reunites de Chauveron with Serial (Bad) Weddings co-stars Ary Abittan and Medi Sadoun. Abittan plays José Fernandez, a French border officer sent to Malta to execute an extradition order against Sadoun’s Akim, a man wrongly accused of committing terrorist offences. Fernandez is supposed to accompany Akim on a flight to Kabul, but Akim has other ideas. When he escapes, a wild goose chase across the island ensues.

Serial (Bad) Weddings
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Afm: Tfi runs for de Chauveron’s Last Call

Exclusive: Last Call for Nowhere sold to Neue Visionen for Germany and Frenetic for Switzerland.

TF1 International has boarded Last Call For Nowhere, the latest film from director Philippe de Chauveron, whose French comedy hit Serial (Bad) Weddings grossed $172m worldwide in 2014.

Two distributors who enjoyed success with Serial (Bad) Weddings have already jumped on board. Neue Visionen has acquired the new film for Germany, where Serial (Bad) Weddings topped the box office and drew 3.9m admissions, while Frenetic has taken Swiss rights.

Last Call reunites de Chauveron with Serial (Bad) Weddings co-stars Ary Abittan and Medi Sadoun. Abittan plays José Fernandez, a French border officer sent to Malta to execute an extradition order against Sadoun’s Akim, a man wrongly accused of committing terrorist offences. Fernandez is supposed to accompany Akim on a flight to Kabul, but Akim has other ideas. When he escapes, a wild goose chase across the island ensues.

Serial (Bad) Weddings
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Afm: Elle Driver signs films from Bouchareb, Grau, Cleven, Dana

Exclusive: Oscar-nominated Bouchareb explores plight of parents who lose children to Isis.Elle Driver has boarded Jorge Michael Grau’s earthquake drama 7.19 am and Rachid Bouchareb’s Road to Istanbul [pictured], about a mother who goes in pursuit of her Isis recruit daughter, ahead of the American Film Market (Afm). The company also start pre-sales on Audrey Dana’s comedy If I Were a Boy, in which she stars as a woman who wakes up with a penis, and Harry Cleven’s fantasy romance Angel. Franco-Algerian Bouchareb’s Road to Istanbul stars Belgian actress Astrid Whettnall as a single mother on a quest to find her 18-year-old daughter after she leaves Belgium to join the Islamic State with a Jihadist boyfriend. “My goal is to film the incomprehension of a mother totally caught off guard by the changes in her daughter on reaching legal age… Alone, divorced and abandoned by the authorities, she must try
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Une heure de tranquillité (Do Not Disturb)

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Une heure de tranquillité (Do Not Disturb)
Title: Une heure de tranquillité (Do Not Disturb) Director: Patrice Leconte Starring: Christian Clavier, Carole Bouquet, Valerie Bonneton, Stephane De Groodt, Rossy de Palma, Arnaud Henriet, Sebastien Castro. Director Patrice Leconte adapts Florian Zeller’s hit stage play ‘Une heure de tranquilité’ for the big screen. The film, just like its inspirer, enhances the luxury of solitude: the moment we crave so much for ourselves, that is conquered with incommensurable plight. Through the traditional French farce, ‘Do Not Disturb’ tells the story of Michel Leproux who finds a rare vinyl by Niel Youart — Me, Myself and I — and the minute he gets home wants to be left alone to [ Read More ]

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Gaumont, Quad Reteam on Film Adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s ‘A Bag of Marbles’

Gaumont, Quad Reteam on Film Adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s ‘A Bag of Marbles’
Cannes– French major Gaumont is reteaming with Quad (“Intouchables,” “Ballerina”) on “A Bag of Marbles,” a big screen adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s “A Bag of Marbles,” a classic novel set in the backdrop of the second World War.

Based on Joffo’s own story,”A Bag of Marbles” is a colorful adventure tale chronicling the frenzied journey of two young Jewish brothers in German-occupied France who escape a roundup in Paris and embark on a trip across France to reunite with their family. Proving to be mischievous and brave, the two brothers manage to fend for themselves while escaping Nazi barbarism thanks to mind-boggling tricks.

Script is penned by Duguay and Benoit Guichard. Quad’s Laurent Zeitoun, Nicolas Duval and Yann Zeitoun are lead-producing. Gaumont is co-producing, handling international sales and will distribute the 23 million Euros movie in France.

Positioning “A Bag of Marbles” as a family-skewing movie, Gaumont
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Cineart acquires Cannes winner 'Mustang'

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Cineart acquires Cannes winner 'Mustang'
Exclusive: Benelux distributor Cineart has confirmed several Cannes acquisitions.

The company arrived at the festival earlier this month having already pre-bought several titles in official selection and in the market, among them Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, Gaspar Noe’s Love and Competition title Mon Roi.

It has since ramped up its acquisitIon slate further. “Overall, it was a very, very strong Cannes for us,” said Marc Smit, who runs Cineart alongside co-ceo Stephan De Potter.

New pick ups include Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Turkish feature Mustang from Kinology, which won the Europa Cinemas Label for best European film in Directors’ Fortnight.

During Cannes, Screen revealed Cineart acquisitions of Grand Prix winner Son Of Saul, from Hungarian auteur Laszlo Nemes, bought from Films Distribution; and Bruno Dumont’s latest feature Slack Bay (Ma Loute), starring Juliette Binoche and Fabrice Luchini, acquired from Memento. Smit described the new Dumont script as “one of the strongest we have read in
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