StudioCanal launches Paris in Berlin
by Fabien Lemercier
02/02/2007 - A few days before the opening of the European Film Market in Berlin, films by Cédric Klapisch, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Matthieu Kassovitz, Wong Kar Wai, Denys Arcand and Emir Kusturica are heading the line-up of French world sales outfit StudioCanal.
The team, helmed by Muriel Sauzay, will start sales on Klapisch’s Paris, which is currently filming (see news) and features Romain Duris, Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, François Cluzet, Karin Viard, Albert Dupontel, as well as French Shooting Star Mélanie Laurent (see interview).
The outfit also expects to do good business with Annaud’s Her Majesty Minor, starring José Garcia and Vincent Cassel. European territories having bought the title to date include Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Romania and the Benelux.
Other titles predicted to do well are Canadian director Arcand’s Age of Ignorance (Marc Labrèche, Diane Kruger and Emma de Caunes) – sold to Switzerland, Greece, Italy and Portugal – and Kusturica’s Promise Me This, pre-bought by Switzerland, Greece, Portugal, Eastern Europe and the Benelux countries.
Another jewel in the StudioCanal crown is Kassovitz’s Babylone A.D [trailer], featuring Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and Gérard Depardieu (see news). The film has already found distributors in all continental European territories except for Italy.
The Gallic outfit will continue its sales on two Wong Kar Wai films, My Blueberry Nights (Norah Jones, Jude Law, Nathalie Portman, Rachel Weisz and David Strathairn) and Lady from Shanghai (Nicole Kidman).
Other titles in the extensive Berlin line-up from the Canal + subsidiary are Thomas Balmès’ documentary Baby(ies), a production by Alain Chabat that follows one year in the life of five babies on five continents; Bruno Dega and Jeanne Le Guillou’s Détrompez-vous [trailer] (lit. “Don’t You Believe It”), starring François Cluzet, Mathilde Seigner, Roschdy Zem and Alice Taglioni (see article) and Alexandra Leclère’s Le prix à payer (Christian Clavier, Nathalie Baye, Gérard Lanvin and Géraldine Pailhas).
Territories are still available for Alain Resnais’ Private Fears in Public Places [trailer], David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE and Philippe Lioret’s unexpected hit at the French box office Don’t Worry, I’m Fine [trailer].
In the market screenings programme, StudioCanal are hoping to do good business with Jean Becker’s Dialogue avec mon jardinier (lit. “Conversations With My Gardener”), starring Daniel Auteuil and Jean-Pierre Darroussin (see news), which has already been sold in Europe to the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Benelux, Portugal and Romania.
Other hopefuls include: Pierre Jolivet’s Je crois que je l’aime [trailer] (Sandrine Bonnaire and Vincent Lindon); Bad Faith [trailer] by Roschdy Zem, who stars opposite Cécile de France in the film, which has been pre-sold to Switzerland, Greece and Portugal; Valérie Guignabodet’s Danse avec lui [trailer]; and Eric Lartigau’s big local hit Rent A Wife [trailer] (Alain Chabat and Charlotte Gainsbourg), which has been snapped up by the Benelux countries, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the former Yugoslavia, Romania and Scandinavia.
(Translated from French)