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Snd Boards Romain Duris’ ‘The Confession,’ Jean Reno’s ‘Family Heist’

6 January 2016 7:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Snd has come on board Nicolas Boukhrief’s WWII-set romance drama “The Confession,” the helmer’s follow-up to gritty contempo thriller “Made in France,” and Pascal Bourdiaux’s comedy adventure “Family Heist,” with Jean Reno (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The Squad”).

Now in production, “The Confession” toplines Romain Duris (“The New Girlfriend,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and Marina Vacth (“Young and Beautiful”). The period drama turns on a young woman who confesses, while lying on her deathbed, that she fell in love with a priest in Occupied France during the Second World War.

Boukhrief’s latest film, “Made in France,” follows a journalist who infiltrates a jihadist cell in Paris. Pic, which was shot before the Charlie Hebdo and recent Paris terror attacks, will soon by released in France. “The Confession” marks a departure for Boukhrief who is known for directing high-voltage, bold genre films such as “Off Limits” and “Cash Truck. »

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Dardennes, Debre, Bentoumi, Bouajila Wish ‘Good Luck Sam’

6 January 2016 12:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based Films Distribution has taken world sales rights to “Good Luck Sam,” one of the 2016 UniFrance Rendez-Vous market-premiere comedies with largest production pedigree.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne co-produce out of their Brussels-shingle Les Films du Fleuve. Producer of Rebecca Zlotowski’s highly regarded debut “Belle épine” and follow-up “Grand Central,” which established her a director to track, Les Films Velvet’s lead produces out of France.

Good Luck Sam” is the first feature of Farid Bentoumi, a laureat of France’s Emergence talent development program whose alums include Mia Hansen-Love and Katell Quillevere, two of France’s most exciting young distaff directors.

Bentoumi’s project was originally god-mothered at Emergence by Agnes Jaoui (“Let It Rain”). It is co-penned by Bentoumi, Gaelle Mace (“Aylah”) and Noe Debre, co-scribe on Jacques Audiard’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheephan” and Thomas Bidegain’s “The Cowboys.”

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Niney, Exarchopoulos, Haenel, Kateb Headline UniFrance Rendez-Vous

4 January 2016 10:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – “Five,” featuring Pierre Niney, “Boss’s Daughter,” a Wild Bunch market premiere, and “Irreplaceable,” on Le Pacte’s books, will all screen at the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the biggest national film market in the world.

Other potential highlights, of new films screening, take in Indie Sales’ “Dofus – Book 1: Julith,” Bac’s “The Great Game,” Films Distribution’s “Good Luck Sam,” a EuropaCorp drama, “Stop Me Here,” Elle Driver’s “Jailbirds,” Pathe’s “Come What May” and The Other Angle’s “The Roommates Party.”

Running Jan. 14-18 in Paris, the Rendez-Vous will also highlight the state and direction of France’s movie export industry, the biggest in the world after the U.S. in its sales agents numbers and, with the U.K. –depending on the definition of what constitutes a U.K. film – in theatrical gross and companies revenues.

Putting this into perspective, the French and U. »

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