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Norwegian distributor scores hat-trick of titles.
Fidalgo has secured three titles at the Toronto International Film Festival for Norwegian distribution.
The films include Marie’s Story’s from Jean-Pierre Ameris, sold by Indie Film Sales. The film stars Isabelle Carré as a determined nun in late 19th century France who taught a deaf and blind child to communicate.
Fidalgo has also picked up Duccio Chiarini’s debut, Short Skin, from Films Boutique. Starring Matteo Creatini and Francesca Agostini, the bittersweet comedy follows a 17-year-old protagonist who suffers too tight a foreskin to have sex.
In addition, the distributor has picked up Francois Ozon’s The New Girlfriend. Based on a short story collection by crime writer Ruth Rendell, the drama stars Anaïs Demoustier, Romain Duris and Raphaël Personnaz.
The film follows a woman who falls into a deep depression after the death of her best friend but is given a new lease of life when she discovers »
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Gustave Kervern and Catherine Deneuve in Pierre Salvadori's In The Courtyard The French Film Festival UK has unveiled its selection for its 22nd edition this November - with highlights featuring some of the brightest lights of French cinema, including Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Carré, Jean Reno, Guillaume Canet, Mathieu Amalric, Albert Dupontel and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
In locations across the country stretching from Inverness to London via Edinburgh and Glasgow, the event styles itself as “a celebration of Francophone cinema in all its guises.”
As well as an eclectic selection of contemporary titles from the past 12 months, the Festival will pay tribute to the late Alain Resnais who died earlier in the year, with screenings of a restored copy of his first feature Hiroshima Mon Amour with Oscar-nominated Emmanuelle Riva (from Amour) and Eiji Okadan, and the director’s last film Life of Riley (Aimer, boire, et chanter), his »
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Denis Carot and Sophie Revil of Escazal Films produced Marie’s Story.
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Bourg Madame, France – New York-based Film Movement has closed U.S. rights to Jean-Pierre Ameris’ “Marie’s Story,” which world premieres at next week’s Locarno Festival as a Piazza Grande screening.
The sale and Locarno berth – a Piazza Grande slot is often, though not inevitably, a sign of a crowd pleaser – mark further recognition for a title which has been racking up pre-sales since Paris-based Indie Sales screened a trailer at January’s UniFrance Paris Rendez-vous.
A late nineteenth-century drama based on true events, “Marie’s Story” (aka “Marie Heurtin”) stars Isabel Carre, the co-star of Ameris’ runaway hit “Romantics Anonymous,” as a nun who teaches a deaf, blind 14-year-old woman, whom doctors recommend to be committed to an asylum, to communicate with the world around her.
“Marie’s Story” is scheduled for a Nov. 12 release in France via Diaphana.
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Exclusive: German sales company Films Boutique has snapped up world rights to several new titles.
Here at the Cannes market, the company is unveiling Monument To Michael Jackson, which will have a closed screening for buyers.
Directed by Darko Lungulov, the bittersweet comedy is set in a dying town in Serbia, where daydreamer Marko is on the verge of divorce from the love of his life.
When an old communist-era monument is removed front he Main Square, he comes up with the idea to build a monument to Michael Jackson in order to save his town and seduce his wife again. But the town’s mayor has his own plans.
During the festival, Films Boutique will also be introducing buyers to Directors’ Fornight title Next To Her, the debut feature by Asaf Korman who worked as editor on The Slut by Hagar Ben Asher. The film stars Dana Ivgy and Liron Ben-Shlush.
Based on autobiographical »
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Gaumont is launching sales on high concept comedy Coming In[pictured] about a gay man who wakes up in bed with a sexy blonde Swede on the eve of his wedding to his long-term partner.
Starring Pio Marmai and Franck Gastambide, the Paris-set picture is the second film for directorial duo Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare after comedy Les Voies Impenetrables about a group of nuns trying to save their convent from bankruptcy.
Deputy head of sales Yohann Comte describes the picture as a Working Title-style comedy with a twist revolving around the idea that you do not chose who you are or whom you fall in love with.
Shot in Paris last autumn it will be ready for delivery in the second half of 2014.
Gaumont will also unveil Fred Grivois’ thriller Through The Air (La Résistance de L’Air »
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