PARIS Beavers are the new penguins — or so TF1 Intl. is telling buyers at the American Film Market.
The Gallic international sales outfit is handling world sales on “White Tuft, the Little Beaver,” a wildlife tale about the adventures of baby Canadian beaver who gets washed away from his dam in a flood.
TFM, broadcaster TF1’s theatrical distribution arm, will release in France, hoping to build on the success of documentary “March of the Penguins.”
Pic, which recently wrapped shooting in northern Quebec, is directed by Philippe Calderon and produced by Les Films du Reve, the team behind recent The Weinstein Co.’s termite-themed pick-up “The Besieged Fortress.”
TF1 Intl. has an array at AFM.
Company is showing a promo reel of “Pay-Off 2,” the sequel to a Gallic comedy actioner about cops in Marseilles that sold to around 25 territories last time round. SND is distributing in France.
Pic is produced by Stephane Marsil’s Hugo Films and helmed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner.
From the same producer and director, TF1 Intl. will also be pitching “UV,” a thriller set on the French Riviera with Jacques Dutronc, which the distribber says is reminiscent of Jacques Deray’s classic “The Pool.”
TF1 Intl. will show promo reels of helmer Frederic Schoendoerffer’s Gallic gangster film “Crime Insiders,” with Benoit Magimel, Beatrice Dalle and Philipe Caubere, and helmer Alain Berberian’s “Treasured Island,” a comedy actioner starring Gerard Jugnot and Alice Taglioni.
Studio Canal subsid Mars will theatrically distribute “Crime Insiders” in France, while Bac will release “Treasured Island.”
Looking further ahead, TF1 Intl will also give buyers details on new projects including “Mutum,” a Brazilian pic helmed by Sandra Kogut, and “Free Land” by Christophe Malavoy, about Jewish Parisians forced to flee to unoccupied Southern France during WWII.