‘Lagerfeld’ bio fuels distrib slate

Marconi's 'Confidential' pic hits Cannes

The glamorous life of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is the subject of “Lagerfed Confidential,” a 90-minute docu by Gallic helmer Rodolphe Marconi. International sales outfit Films Distribution has added the title to a lineup that includes three films in competition at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Marconi,helmer of “The Last Day” and “This Is My Body,” trained his camera on Lagerfeld for a year to draw what is being pitched as an up-close-and-personal portrait.

“There have been other documentaries about Lagerfeld, but this one reveals the man behind the image. You see him picking out his clothes in the morning and partying with Nicole Kidman at night,” said Films Distributions topper Francois Yon.

Pic is produced by Gregory Bernard of indie shingle Realitism.

Films Distribution stood out at Cannes last year thanks to titles such as Christian Carion’s “Merry Christmas” and Radu Mihaileanu’s “Live and Become.”

This year, it’s selling Lucas Belvaux’s “The Weakest Is Always Right,” Rachid Bouchareb’s “Days of Glory” and Bruno Dumont’s “Flanders,” all competition titles; Un Certain Regard pic “La Tourneuse de pages,” Directors Fortnight selection “Ca Brule” by Clare Simon; and out-of-competition pics “Avida,” from Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern, and “Nouvelle Chance” by Anne Fontaine.

Looking forward, Yon is in the market for more foreign fare. He is seeking to up the number and geographical range of foreign titles on Films Distribution’s slate, with the company doubling its investments to around E5 million ($6.41 million) over the coming year.

“We are going to be more aggressive internationally. In the future we’d like a third of our lineup to be foreign films,” Yon said.

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