‘Heart’ beats at Wellspring

Distrib will play by 'Heart'

NEW YORK — Gotham-based indie distrib Wellspring has sealed a pact to acquire domestic rights to “De battre mon coeur s’est arrete” (The Beat That My Heart Skipped), Gallic helmer Jacques Audiard’s French-lingo remake of James Toback’s film noir “Fingers.”

Pic played the recent Berlin fest. It stars Romain Duris in the story of man torn between emulating his father’s life as a thug and pursuing his own lofty aspirations to become a pianist. Niels Arestrup, Linh-Dan Pham, Aure Atika and Emmanuelle Devos also star.

Original 1978 pic toplined Harvey Keitel.

Why Not Prods.’ Pascal Caucheteaux produced the remake, along with the Sedif and France 3 Cinema banners.

Audiard’s previous credits include the thriller “Read My Lips.”

Deal was brokered by Wellspring’s Marie Therese Guirgis and Celluloid Dreams’ Charlotte Mickie. Celluloid is headed by Hegameh Panahi.

Wellspring is a unit of American Vantage Media.

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