Avatar set to operate ‘Tosca’ pic

Film version of Puccini opera slated for summer release

Gotham-based distrib Avatar Films, which recently handled distribution on “Kandahar,” has acquired U.S. rights to “Tosca,” directed by Benoit Jacquot.

Produced by Daniel Toscan du Plantier, “Tosca” is based on the Puccini opera and centers on star-crossed lovers, played by Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. Avatar plans a summer release.

“One of Giacomo Puccini’s greatest operas has been transposed to film, and the results are nothing short of electrifying,” said Avatar prexy Robin Lim. “We are confident that ‘Tosca’ will resonate with opera lovers and cross over to an audience not readily exposed to this art form.”

Claudia Rae-Columbani, VP of international sales at President Films Classics, negotiated the sale along with Lim.

Avatar focuses on foreign pics and docs. Company released “Nico and Dani,” among other pics. Jacquot- directed pics include “A Single Girl” and “Sade.”

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