France’s MK2 and Britain’s Film4 will produce “Satisfaction,” the second film by U.S. writer-director Miranda July.
In a parallel move, MK2 has set dates for Abbas Kiarostami’s long-mooted “Certified Copy,” with Juliette Binoche.
July’s quirky “Me and You and Everybody We Know” won a Sundance special jury prize and Cannes’ Camera d’Or in 2005.
The $8 million “Satisfaction” rolls July and August in L.A. As in “Me and You,” July writes, directs and co-stars.
Exec producer for MK2 is Charles Gillibert and for Film4 Peter Carlton. Gina Kwon will produce. Rich Klubeck at UTA brokered the financing deal. MK2 has international rights and France. Film4 has U.K. all rights. UTA will rep “Satisfaction” for first-run U.S. rights.
The contempo romantic comedy turns on a young couple: Jason, goes off on an ecological mission; Sophie starts an affair with an older man. Both events threaten the relationship.
“The film has the same style as ‘Me and You.’ It will be highly original, but focused on a couple rather than an ensemble piece,” said Nathanael Karmitz, MK2 managing director.
Producers are casting the two key male roles.
Originally skedded to roll last October, the $6.4 million “The Certified Copy” will shoot from May-June 2009 in Italy, between Florence and San Gimignano, Karmitz said.
Francois Cluzet (“Tell No One”) will play opposite Binoche in the story of an English writer discussing his latest book with a young French woman. As on “Satisfaction,” MK2 will take France and international rights.
Cameras roll in September on Charles de Meaux’s $9.6 million MK2-Anna Sanders production, in which Romain Duris (“The Beat That My Heart Skipped”), plays a horse jockey embroiled in Macao with the Chinese mafia. Chris Doyle serves as d.p.
MK2 will also produce and sell Lucia Puenzo’s awaited thriller-love story “El nino pez” and “Rwanda April 7, 1994,” helmed by Belgian cinematographer Philippe van Leeuw, chronicling the Hutu massacres of Tutsis.
“We are an international, quality director company, mixing budgets and established and new talent,” said Karmitz, explaining Mk2’s production philosophy. As an upscale mini-major, it rings the changes on how it establishes talent relationships, he added.
It is handling international on Jia Zhangke’s Cannes Competition player “24 City,” French distribution on “Hunger,” the Un Certain Regard opener, and produced Critics’ Week’s “Rumba.”
At Cannes, MK2 is unveiling first images of both $25 million toon feature “Puss ‘n Boots” and Paris crime thriller “Diamond 13,” with Gerard Depardieu and Olivier Marchal.