French-language pics star bevy of Cesar nommed thesps

LONDON — High Point Films has picked up international rights for French-language titles “Moon on the Snow” and “Miss Montigny.”

Latter, in competition at the Montreal World Film Festival,headlines Sophie Quinton, a 2004 Cesar nominee for female newcomer with “Who Killed Bambi,” and Ariane Ascirade, who won a Cesar for “Marius et Jeannette” in 1997 and was nominated as supporting actress in 2004 for “Brodeuses.”

The first fiction feature for documentary helmer Miel van Hoogenbemt, “Montigny” tells the story of a 19-year-old coerced into entering a beauty contest by her pushy mother. Pic is produced by Sebastien Delloye for Entre Chien et Loup.

Swiss film “Moon on the Snow” stars Julie Depardieu, who appeared in “A Very Long Engagement” and won the 2004 Cesar for newcomer in “La Petite Lili,” and Maria-Josee Croze, who won the actress prize at Cannes for “The Barbarian Invasions” and is in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.”

Pic, the feature debut of helmer Pilar Anguita-Mackay, centers on three siblings who gather by their mother’s death bed to consider euthanasia. Produced by Gilles Roulin for Olympia Films, “Moon on the Snow” will be released in Switzerland by Ascot Elite later this year.

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