StudioCanal of ‘Age’

Arcand pic stars Labreche, Kruger

StudioCanal will handle international sales on “The Age of Ignorance,” Canadian helmer Denys Arcand’s follow-up to “The Barbarian Invasions.”

Story concerns a downtrodden civil servant, played by Marc Labreche, given to Walter Mitty-style fantasies in which he is a famous writer. Diane Kruger co-stars in the pic, lensing in Canada.

Movie also features a number of Gallic thesps, with French TV talkshow host Thierry Ardisson and Bernard Pivot, Gaul’s most famous TV intellectual, playing themselves in cameo appearances.

“The film deals with Arcand’s usual themes of solitude, friendship and love, but in a lighter tone than in his previous films. It is very funny,” Muriel Sauzay, StudioCanal’s head of international sales, told Daily Variety.

Arcand’s wife, Denise Robert, is producing via their Canadian shingle Cinemaginaire, with two French co-producers, Philippe Carcassonne via his new indie company Cinea and Dominique Besnehard.

Vet agent Besnehard switched recently from repping major French talent at tenpercentery Artmedia to producing via his new indie company Mon Voisin Prods.

StudioCanal theatrical subsid Mars Distribution will release the film in Gaul.

“Ignorance” will be one of the major titles on StudioCanal’s lineup at the upcoming AFM. Company, which is handling two Wong Kar Wai titles, will unspool a first promo reel of the Norah Jones starrer “My Blueberry Nights,” in post-production. But while that film is still in the works, no date has been set yet for Wong’s much-awaited Nicole Kidman starrer “The Lady of Shanghai.”

Among other titles StudioCanal will be touting: Mathieu Kassovitz English-language futuristic thriller “Babylon A.D.,” due to begin shooting at the end of this year, and “Conversations With My Gardener,” French helmer Jean Becker’s Gallic take on the English-language novel of the same name, starring Daniel Auteuil and Jean-Pierre Daroussin.

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