CANNES — Australia’s Icon has picked up the $25 million Edith Piaf biopic “La vie en rose,” starring Marion Cottillard, sales agent TF1 Intl. said on Wednesday.
Hot Gallic pic sold to Japan’s Movie Eye at the Berlin Film Festival in February and TF1 Intl. is banking on more deals after the first promo reel screens at Cannes on Friday.
Studded with famous tunes by the chanteuse, including the title song she wrote herself and “Je ne regrette rien,” pic traces Piaf’s life from the gutters of a poor Paris neighborhood to international stardom.
Pic reunites helmer Olivier Dahan and producer Alain Goldman, who both worked on “Crimson Rivers II.” Goldman’s Legende produces the “Crimson Rivers” franchise.
Dahan and Isabelle Sobelman co-wrote the script.
” ‘La vie en rose’ is in the same vein as ‘Ray’ or ‘I Walk the Line,’ ” said Goldman. “Like Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, as well as being a musical legend Piaf led a fascinating, eventful life.”
Piaf’s original songs provide the movie’s soundtrack, the producer said.
Despite professional triumph, personal tragedy dogged Piaf. She lost a baby to meningitis, her husband Marcel Cerdan died in a plane crash, and she was herself involved in several car accidents. Piaf also grappled with drug and alcohol addiction for many years.
Pic shot in the Czech Republic, in Paris where the production recently took over the Olympia music hall, scene of Piaf’s most memorable stage perfs, and briefly in the U.S, where she spent part of her life.
It will be released in France by TF1’s theatrical distributor TFM 14 in February 2007.