TF1 is ‘Heaven’ sent

French co. chips in on Moore/Quaid meller

TF1 Intl. has come aboard as co-financier of the $13.5 million Julianne Moore starrer “Far From Heaven,” which reunites her with “Safe” helmer Todd Haynes. Lensing is slated to start Oct. 17 in Gotham and New Jersey.

The Killer Films production, to co-star Dennis Quaid, had financing in place from USA Films and Clear Blue Sky before TF1 chipped in the additional coin. Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney’s Section 8, along with John Wells Prods, are exec producing.

TF1’s sales arm will sell international rights to the pic, while Good Machine will handle English-speaking rights. USA Films distributes domestically.

“We have wanted to work with TF1 for quite some time,” Killer Films’ Christine Vachon said. “Our sensibilities are really in sync, and we plan for this to be the first of many.”

Inspired by such 1950s melodramas as “Imitation of Life” and “All That Heaven Allows,” “Far From Heaven” is set in Connecticut in 1957, with Moore playing a housewife who finds herself splintered between a marital crisis in the home and mounting racial tensions in the world.

Pact between TF1, Killer and USA Films was brokered by John Sloss of Cinetic Media. TF1 CEO Didier Sapaut, along with company’s Jean Charles Levy and Tracy Brimm, were the key players on the French shingle’s side of the deal.

Killer Films is financed through a partnership with John Wells Prods. The Gotham shingle has been integrally involved with about two dozen pics, including “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Happiness,” “Kids,” “Safe” and the recent Fine Line Features release “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

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