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Other Angle has acquired international sales rights to Yvan Attal’s “The Jews” (Ile sont partout), a provocative comedy dismantling deep-rooted anti-Semitism in France.
“The Jews” stars a high-profile cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dany Boon and Francois Damiens, Benoît Poelvoorde, Valérie Bonneton, Grégory Gadebois, Denis Podalydès, Gilles Lellouche as well as Attal.
The movie centers on a Jewish man (Attal) who attends therapy sessions to talk about how he was persecuted by growing anti-Semitism in France. His sessions are punctuated by a series of tragi-comic short stories showcasing the most tenacious anti-Semitic stereotypes.
Olivier Albou, co-founder of Other Angle, told Variety that the movie has already sparked interest for distributors in major territories. “The Jews” will likely premiere at a fall festival.
In Cannes, Other Angle is also selling »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris-based sales company takes on provocative film.
The film – produced by Oscar-winning producer Thomas Langmann (The Artist) - was born out of Israeli-French actor and director Attal’s personal sense of persecution and a growing antisemitism amid reactions from his friends and family that he was over-reacting.
“Yvan tackles several clichés surrounding the Jews from ‘They’re everywhere’, to ‘They killed Jesus Christ’ in a series of sketches – each of them tragi-comic in tone,” explains Other Angle chief Olivier Albou.
Attal has pulled together an ensemble cast including wife Charlotte Gainsbourg as well as Dany Boon, Benoit Poelvoorde, François Damiens, Gilles Lelouche, Gregory Gadebois, Denys Podalydes and Valerie Bonneton.
“Obviously, it’s controversial topic but it’s also a timely one,” said Albou of the film which is due to »
Paris — Founded in 1907 by film lab and production company Eclair, Epinay Studios is France’s oldest studio complex, used by greats such as Marcel Carne, Jean Renoir, Milos Forman and Bertrand Blier. Epinay has four studios, including its famous 16,145 sq. ft. “F” stage, plus two 8,600 sq. ft. stages and one 2,150 sq. ft. stage.
Last year was a strong one for the studio, according to sales executive Eric Moreau. Productions included a major primetime comedy TV series, “PEPs” (a French acronym for “parents, students and teachers”), which has been lensing at Epinay for the past three years, occupying the two 8,600 sq. ft.stages. It has just completed its final season.
Moreau explains that there is increasing demand for studio space to film TV fiction, but that it’s important to reserve space for cinema production. For example, in 2015, Olivier Baroux’s comedy “Entre Amis,” starring Daniel Auteuil, wanted to film at Epinay, »
- Martin Dale
Paris – Nicolas Benamou’s credit rises by the hour – or 90 minutes, to be more exact. Gonzo bro comedy “Babysitting 2,” which he co-directed with franchise star Philippe Lacheau, is France’s third biggest French bow of 2015 and 25% up on the 2014 original. Punching a first-six-week 2.9 million admissions in France for Universal Pictures Intl. – some €18.8 million ($20.6 million) in gross box office – from a Dec. 2 bow, it is still No. 3 at the French B.O., the biggest in Europe with the U.K.’s.
Now, coming soon to France, is his first solo outing since the saga: “Full Speed.” It has large production pedigree: Marci Cherqui’s Chic Films, which backed Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet”; Thomas Langmann at La Petite Reine, who won 2012’s Best Picture Oscar for “The Artist”; Wild Bunch, which co-produces and distributes in France. Starring Andre Dussollier (“My Golden Days”) and José Garcia (“Would I Lie to You »
- John Hopewell
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