EFM: High demand for French films in Germany
- German distributors acquired EFM titles such as Serial (Bad) weddings, Deux jours, une nuit, Une recontre and Babysitting
French films were right at the top of the shopping list for German buyers who were looking for fresh products at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. One of the hottest titles was the family comedy Serial (Bad) weddings by Philippe de Chauveron, which started a bidding war among German buyers. TF1 International sold the rights to Torsten Frehse from Neue Visionen, who is convinced that the title starring Christian Clavier will have a similar potential to the French box-office hit Paulette [+see also:
film profile] in Germany. The Berlin-based distributor also acquired the German rights to The Priest‘s Children [+see also:
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Usually fond of French films, Fabien Arséguel and Tobias Lehmann from distribution outfit Alamode Film have acquired Liza Azuelos’ romantic comedy Une recontre, starring Sophie Marceau and Francois Cluzet, as well as Deux jours, une nuit by Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne, with French star actress Marion Cotillard.
While Wild Bunch Germany went for Tonie Marshall’s comedy Sex, Love & Therapy, which sees Sophie Marceau playing a nymphomaniac, the Munich-based acquisition and sales company Telepool picked up the French comedy Babysitting by Philippe Lacheau and Nicolas Bénamou.
Another strong seller was Eric Barbier's thriller The Last Diamond [+see also:
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