Rohmer’s ‘Autumn’ falls to October

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TORONTO — October Films has acquired French director Eric Rohmer’s “Autumn Tale,” which nabbed the best original screenplay award at the Venice Film Festival and is featured in the Toronto and New York fests.

“Eric Rohmer is one of France’s greatest directors,” said October co-president Bingham Ray. “It is an honor to be involved with one of the best films of his extremely distinguished career.”

In “Autumn,” Rohmer sets aside his familiar concern with youth to explore the romantic yearnings of middle age. The film, which stars Marie Riviere, Beatrice Romand and Didier Sandre, was produced by Margaret Menegoz.

The deal was negotiated by October senior veepee of business affairs Avy Eschenasy and Menegoz.

The Rohmer film, the final in his “Tales of the Four Seasons,” marks the second fall festival acquisition for October, the Gotham-based specialized film distributor that is majority owned by Universal Pictures. Earlier this week, October picked up Emir Kusturica’s “Black Cat, White Cat,” which won the Silver Lion for best director in Venice. October Films co-president John Schmidt bought “Black Cat” along with Susan Glatzer, veepee of acquisitions and production.

October is represented in Toronto with its upcoming releases of “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries,” “Hilary and Jackie” and Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Celebration,” as well as the re-edit of Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil,” which is currently in theaters.

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