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“Resistance” the story of the famed mime Marcel Marceau and how he learned to mime in order to survive and to save the lives of Jewish orphans in World War II France, written and to be directed by “Hands of Stone” director Jonathan Jakubowicz and produced by Claudine Jakubowicz and Carlos Garcia de Paredes, will star the curly haired and fast talking Jesse Eisenberg who played Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film “The Social Network”. Baptiste Marceau, the oldest son of Marcel, has been closely involved in the research for this European coproduction that CAA is packaging and representing in Cannes. Marceau the artist of silence gave his first major performance to 3,000 American troops after the liberation of Paris in August 1944.
The producers of last year’s Norwegian hit, “The Wave”, have turned their attention to Marius Holst’s “Betrayed”, the story of the Norwegian Jews »
- Sydney Levine
Paris — In “An Indian Tale,” which screened over the weekend at the 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, France-based, Chilean-born Hector Cabello Reyes makes his feature debut directing Belgium’s Benoit Poelvoorde (“The Brand New Testament”), France’s Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”) and India’s Bollywood and Hollywood actor Pitobash (“Million Dollar Arm”).
Inspired by Ricardo Darin starrer “Chinese Take-Out,” “An Indian Tale” is an odd couple/second-chance-in-life dramedy, kicking off when Pierre, (Poelvoorde), an irascible, short-fused stand-offish hardware store owner with a compulsive obsession disorder rebuffs the love interest of Jeanne (Lamy), the beautiful and life-loving sister of a client. Then he stumbles across a Bengali immigrant, Ajit (Pitobash), who doesn’t speak a word of French. Pierre does everything to get Ajit off his hands, taking him to the police station, the Indian Embassy and to meet possible relations, but ends up having to put him up in his home, »
- John Hopewell
Exclusive: Wild Bunch is launching sales on Pan-Européenne-led production at Unifrance Rdv in Paris.
Set against the backdrop of a small French town, the film will star Benoît Poelvoorde as the endearingly comic figure of Raoul Taburin, a reputed bicycle shop owner desperate to hide the fact he cannot ride a bike himself.
Altitude has pre-bought UK rights with company chief Will Clarke taking an executive producer credit.
The deal builds on a growing relationship between Altitude and Nathalie Gastaldo-Godeau and Philippe Godeau’s Paris and London-based Pan-Européene which has developed since the couple moved to the UK in 2015.
Last year, the two companies entered a partnership for the UK release of Jérôme Salles’s Jacques Cousteau bio-pic The Odyssey, under which the film will hit UK screens this June.
Discussions on Raoul »
In a classic division of labor between a Hollywood studio and independent sales company, Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, France’s biggest comedy export specialist, has boarded three new French titles to be distributed in France by Universal Pictures International France: “In and Out,” “Grounded,” and “Just Divorced.”
Headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, Other Angle Pictures will take up the three comedies with buyers at next week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris. It is also representing two titles from Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Production, which is positioning itself as the Working Title of France, producing upscale mainstream comedies with higher-profile casts and significant production values. “The Belier Family,” Vendome’s biggest hit to date, grossed about $64 million in France; Omar Sy-starrer “Two Is a Family” has earned over $15 million so far since its Dec. 12 bow.
“In and Out” is the first pickup made by Xavier Albert, »
- John Hopewell
4 items from 2017
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