Tale of holiday-over-war event produced by Nord Ouest
French sales outfit Films Distribution has taken international rights to the $22 million “Merry Christmas, ” helmed by Christian Carion (“The Girl From Paris”).
Based on a true event during World War I in which enemy soldiers laid down their arms and celebrated Christmas together, the film is produced by Christophe Rossignon’s Nord Ouest Prods.
Cast includes Guillaume Canet, Daniel Bruhl, Thomas Kretschmann and Diane Kruger.
It will be distributed in France by StudioCanal subsid Mars Distribution.
Other new pics on Film Distribution’s slate are Michel Deville’s $4.7 million “Un fil a la patte,” a comedy about love and sex adapted from a Feydeau farce.
Ensemble cast includes Charles Berling, Emmanuelle Beart, Patrick Timsit, Vincent Elbaz and Sara Forestier. Shooting starts in July.
Films Distribution will show a five-minute promo reel of Marion Vernoux’s comedy “Bottoms Up,” starring Beart and Edouard Baer. It’s being distributed in France by Rezo Distribution.
Sales company also has Radu Mihaileanu’s $7 million-$8.2 million “Live and Become,” about an Ethiopian boy who pretends to be Jewish so he will be rescued from a refugee camp during Israel’s 1985 Operation Moses. Les Films du Losange will distribute in France.