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Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has picked up David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars, starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore and John Cusack, and Tobias Lindholm’s thriller A Hijacking (Kapringen), about a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates.
Mfa+ has also picked up producer/actor Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater, which premiered at this year’s SXSW festival and won the audience award for best feature at Prague’s Fresh Film Festival.
Munich-based Tiberius Film came back from Santa Monica with another three titles in its luggage along with the films it had picked up at the beginning of the market.
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A battle royale is brewing in War of the Buttons.
Based on Louis Pergaud’s best-selling 1912 novel, La Guerre des boutons, the French family adventure film War of the Buttons stars actor/filmmaker Guillaume Canet (Love Me If You Dare), Laetitia Casta (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life), Kad Merad (Welcome to the Sticks) and newcomers Jean Texler and Ilona Bachelier.
Set in France during World War II, War of the Buttons tells the tale of two rival groups of kids from neighboring villages. Pre-teen rebel Lebrac (Texier) leads a spirited group of kids in a pint-sized “war” where the victory comes from capturing the enemies’ buttons, belts, and laces – forcing them to return home ragged to face their mothers’ reprimand. When Violette (Bachelier), a young Jewish girl, comes to town to hide from the Nazis, Lebrac befriends her and »
Pathe Intl. has revealed a raft of sales on its Cannes slate, including Jerome Salle’s thriller “Zulu,” which closes the fest.
“Zulu” was picked up by Japan (Klockworx), Brazil (Europa), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Latin America (Telexcine), India (Pictureworks), Ex-Yugoslavia (McF) and Iceland (Myndform). The pic, which stars Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, previously sold to The Weinstein Company in the U.S.
Stephen Frears’ “Philomena,” another Weinstein Company pickup in the U.S., as well as in Canada and Spain, has been sold to Latin America (Idc), Japan (Phantom Films), Portugal (Lusomundo), Greece (Feel Good), Middle East (Shooting Star), Hong Kong (Golden Harvest), Taiwan (Atom) and Iceland (Myndform). Pic stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes competition entry “The Great Beauty” went to Germany (Dcm), the U.K. (Artificial Eye), Australia (Palace), Japan (Respect), Benelux (Cinemien), Portugal (Lusomundo), Greece (Feel good movies), the Czech Republic and Slovakia »
- Leo Barraclough
Paris-based sales agent Other Angle is celebrating its fifth birthday at Cannes with a flurry of deals across its slate, and a pickup.
“The Big Bad Wolf,” a French comedy starring Benoit Poelvoorde (“Coco Before Chanel”), Kad Merad (“Welcome to the Sticks”) and Charlotte Le Bon (“Yves Saint Laurent”) sold to Canada (Christal), Switzerland (Frenetic) and Benelux (Alternative). Deals for Germany, Russia, Spain and Italy are closing.
“Although it’s been said that mainstream comedies don’t travel well, we have become experts at selling them,” said Other Angle topper Olivier Albou. Case in point: “On the Other Side of the Tracks,” a buddy cop comedy toplining “Intouchables” star Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte (“Little White Lies”), sold to over 40 territories, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Those Who Love Me Can Catch the Train Wreck: Thompson’s Latest Flat, Overstuffed
Familial relationships and transportation, two favorite themes of writer/director Daniele Thompson, figure heavily in her latest feature, It Happened in Saint Tropez, a breezy situational comedy that suffers from a hokey forced charm, beginning with its misleading English title translation (the original title, Des gens qui s’embrassent should be something along the lines of People Who Embrace). A cousin in tone to something like Anne Fontaine’s 2009 bauble headed The Girl From Monaco, it unfortunately fails to match the effervescent enchantment of some of Thompson’s past titles, like her lovely 2006 film, Avenue Montaigne.
Noga (Lou de Laage) is a young cellist living in New York with her intense musician parents, Irene (Valerie Bonneton) and Zef (Eric Elmosnino). Familial drama rears its head in their isolated universe by the upcoming wedding of Zef’s »
- Nicholas Bell
Hollywood's annual French film festival, Col•Coa (City of Lights, City of Angels), has released the complete features lineup today as a follow-up to last week's reveal of the short films. The festival runs from April 15-22 and will include 38 features and 19 new shorts. The festival will open with "It Happened in Saint-Tropez", the new comedy directed by Danièle Thompson which was co-written by Thompson and Christopher Thompson. The film is centered on a family who have to host a funeral and marriage on the same day, brewing up domestic conflicts while opening the door for forgiveness and love. The film stars Kad Merad, Monica Bellucci, Lou de Laâge and Eric Elmosnino. Read below for the full feature lineup in alphabetical order: 11.6 / 11.6 Directed by: Philippe Godeau Written by: Philippe Godeau, Agnès De Sacy A Few Hours Of Spring / Quelques heures de printemps Directed by: Stéphane Brizé Written by: Stéphane Brizé, »
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