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Alexandre Espirages, whose 2013 short animated film “Mr. Hublot” won an Oscar, will direct from a script by Dominique Monfrey, Philippe Lioret and Serge Frydman. Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf will produce along with Superprod’s Clement Calvet and Jeremie Fajner. Exec producers will be Lilian Eche and Christel Henon for Bidibul and Leah Holzer for Big Beach. Backup Media will finance.
First published in 1906, “White Fang” follows a wolf-dog navigating survival in the harsh Canadian wilderness and the humans he encounters. “White Fang” has been adapted for film and television several times over, including a 1991 version starring a young Ethan Hawke. »
- Marianne Zumberge
Indie sales has acquired international to Emmanuel Courcol’s “Ceasefire,” an epic Wwi-set drama starring Romain Duris (“Heartbreaker”), Grégory Gadebois (“The Returned”) and Celine Salette (“The Connection”).
Duris will star as Georges, a former soldier traumatized by the war and the death of his little brother, whom he couldn’t save. Seeking to find his own way to healing, Georges travels across France and Africa, where he bonds with Diofo, an African war comrade and his family and comes across an intriguing woman.
Courcol has brought together an topnotch key crew including vet cinematographer Tom Stern, whose worked on “American Sniper,” “Hunger Games” and “Gran Torino,” as well as costume designers Edith Vespirini, who worked on Rachid Bouchareb’s “Outside The Law,” among other movies.
“‘Ceasfire’ is an upscale, exciting project »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, has acquired international sales rights to four new films – Safy Nebbou’s “In the Forests of Siberia,” Lucien Jean Baptiste’s “DieuMerci,” Benjamin Weill’s “West Coast” and “Machin, Machine,”helmed by and starring Clovis Cornillac.
Shooting from Feb. 12, and the latest title in Nebbou’s building body of distinguished stage or literary makeovers (“Mark of a Angel,” “Dumas,” “Bad Seeds”), “In the Forests of Siberia” is inspired by Sylvain Tesson’s novel, translated into English as “The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga,” which won the 2014 Dolman Best Travel Book Award.
Written by Nebbou and David Oelhoffen, now a director of repute after his directorial debut, “Far From Men,” with Viggo Mortensen, “Forests of Siberia” stars Raphael Personnaz (“The French Minister,” “Anna Karenina”). It relates the friendship between a man looking for peace, »
- John Hopewell
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