Gaul laffer enters awards race

PARIS — Daniele Thompson’s “Orchestra Seats,” which probably will be released Stateside as “Avenue Montaigne,” has been chosen to represent France at the next Oscar race.

New York-based ThinkFilm will release the movie Stateside.

Ensemble comedy, set among a well-heeled Paris artsy bunch, stars Cecile de France, Claude Brasseur, Valerie Lermercier, Albert Dupontel and Christopher Thomson, the helmer’s son and co-scripter; it also features Sydney Pollack as himself.

Most of the action takes place in and around Paris’ designer hub, Avenue Montaigne, where de France’s character works as a chambermaid in the Hotel Plaza Athenee.

Studio Canal-backed movie, produced by Christine Gozlan’s Thelma Films, pleased crix, notched up slightly more than 2 million admissions in Gaul and sold all over the world.

Thompson’s father, vet Gallic filmmaker Gerard Oury, died earlier this year. Oury launched Thompson’s career in film by having her work on the scripts of some huge box office hits he wrote and helmed in the 1960s and ’70s, including “La Grande Vadrouille,” France’s biggest B.O. hit of all time.

“Orchestra Seats” was chosen Wednesday by a committee whose members include Thierry Fremaux, artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, and Unifrance president and film producer Margaret Menegoz.

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