Pathé aims high with Zarafa and Marsupilami
by Fabien Lemercier
03/02/2012 - Pre-bought only for Belgium, Switzerland and the Middle East, Rémi Besanzon and Jean-Christophe Lie’s animation film Zarafa (read the article), to be screened in the Generation programme at the 62th Berlin Film Festival from February 9 to 19, will spearhead Pathé International’s presence at the European Film Market this year.
But Muriel Sauzay’s team, who will be honoured at the festival with an Honorary Golden Bear for Meryl Streep whose film The Iron Lady [trailer] they sold in over 50 territories, also has other cards to play. In the line-up at the market for the French international sales company is also Houba ! On the Trail of the Marsupilami by Alain Chabat after the comic book by André Franquin, a film to star Jamel Debbouze, Alain Chabat, Fred Testot, Géraldine Nakache, and Lambert Wilson and to hit French cinemas on April 4.
Pathé International will unveil What’s in a Name ? by Alexandre de la Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte. Starring Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling, Guillaume de Tonquédec, and Judith El Zein, this Chapter 2 production to come out in France on April 25 tells the story of a dinner between friends that turns sour when a future father announces the name that he and his wife have chosen for their child.
Alos to be screened are Sunday Dads [trailer] by Louis Becker (article), My Best Holidays by Philippe Lellouche with Gérard Darmon and Julie Gayet, and Sea, (No) Sex and Sun by Christophe Turpin with Fred Testot, Antoine Duléry, and Julie Ferrier.
Films still in post-production for sale include Un bonheur n’arrive jamais seul by James Huth with Sophie Marceau and Gad Elmaleh (out in France on June 21), British thriller Last Passenger by Omid Nooshin, L’oncle Charles by Etienne Chatiliez (article), and Bowling by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (news).
Pathé will save for later films like Jappeloup by Christian Duguay starring Guillaume Canet (article), David et Madame Hansen by Alexandre Astier with Isabelle Adjani, and Nous York by Géraldine Nakache and Hervé Mimram (article). Jamel Debbouze ‘s projet Pourquoi j’ai pas mangé mon père, literally “Why I didn’t eat my father”, will also star in a future line-up.
(Translated from French)