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Paris – A showcase for two of France’s most notable break-out actors this decade, Pierre Godeau’s “Down By Love” stars Adele Exarchopoulos, a Cannes Palme d’Or winner for “Blue is the Warmest Color” who stars in Sean Penn’s upcoming “The Last Face.” Playing opposite her: actor-director Guillaume Gallienne, whose “Me, Myself and Mum” was a double-prize laureat at 2013’s Directors’ Fortnight, winning him French Academy Cesars for best actor and screenplay. He went on to receive another Cesar for “Yves Saint Laurent.”
Screening at the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, which wraps Jan. 18 in Paris, “Down By Love” is distributed in France and the U.K. by Studiocanal, which also handles international sales.
Adapting “Defense d’aimer.” a singular confessional memoir by Florent Gonçalves, the former director of Versailles Prison, the romantic drama relates a case by any standards of amour fou which Godeau moulds as »
- John Hopewell
Film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal, Europe’s biggest film production company, is powering up key talent relations in France – cast and producers – acquiring worldwide rights to four new Gallic titles –“Down By Love,” “Kalinka,” “Five” and “French Cuisine.”
Move marks part of Studiocanal’s drive to consolidate its position as a top distributor in France, one of the world’s biggest international markets. A top-echelon European sales agent whose recent line-up Liam Neeson starrer “The Commuter,” an untitled James Marsh Project with Colin Firth, Nick Park’s “Early Man,” and “Mon Roi,” a 2015 Cannes best actress winner for Emmanuel Bercot, Studiocanal is also positioning as a prime source for international markets of more commercially-skewed French movies – some prime festival fare, some straight-to-market – as it brings on a new generation of French directorial talent.
- John Hopewell
Snd has come on board Nicolas Boukhrief’s WWII-set romance drama “The Confession,” the helmer’s follow-up to gritty contempo thriller “Made in France,” and Pascal Bourdiaux’s comedy adventure “Family Heist,” with Jean Reno (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The Squad”).
Now in production, “The Confession” toplines Romain Duris (“The New Girlfriend,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and Marina Vacth (“Young and Beautiful”). The period drama turns on a young woman who confesses, while lying on her deathbed, that she fell in love with a priest in Occupied France during the Second World War.
Boukhrief’s latest film, “Made in France,” follows a journalist who infiltrates a jihadist cell in Paris. Pic, which was shot before the Charlie Hebdo and recent Paris terror attacks, will soon by released in France. “The Confession” marks a departure for Boukhrief who is known for directing high-voltage, bold genre films such as “Off Limits” and “Cash Truck. »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
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