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Film Roundup: France

CHANGE OF PLANS

Director: Danielle Thompson

Producers: Christine Gozlan, Alain Terzian 

Cast: Dany Boon, Patrick Bruel, Emmanuelle Seigner

The scoop: A tragicomedy about a dinner party between so-called friends who end up acting like a dysfunctional family. Helmer Thompson, producer Gozlan and scribe Christopher Thompson last teamed up for “Avenue Montaigne,” which traveled well, especially in the U.S., where it grossed $2 million.

Sales: StudioCanal 

 

COCO BEFORE CHANEL

Director: Anne Fontaine

Producers: Caroline Benjo and Philippe Carcassonne

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelvoorde

The scoop: Based on “The Irreguliere” by Edmonde Charles-Roux and adapted by scribe Christopher Hampton, this $27.6 million biopic chronicles Coco Chanel’s early years before she became a fashion icon. Pic has been sold to many territories already, including Luxor for Russia, SPI Intl. for Eastern Europe and Audiovisual for Greece and the Balkans; Warner Bros. has all other territories.

Sales: Films Distribution

L’AFFAIRE FAREWELL

Director: Christian Carion 

Producer: Christophe Rossignon

Stars: Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica 

The scoop: Based on the true story of Vladimir Vetrov (aka Petrov), a Russian KGB agent who collaborated with French intelligence and helped dismantle the Iron Curtain.

Sales: Pathe Distribution

MICMACS A TIRE LARIGOT

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Producers: Frederic Brillion, Gilles Legrand

Stars: Dany Boon, Yolande Moreau, Jean-Pierre Marielle

The scoop: This $37 million pic marks Jeunet’s comeback after a five-year break since “A Very Long Engagment.” In this satiric comedy, Dany Boon (“Welcome to the Sticks”) plays a modest man who plans on bringing down powerful gun traders. Pic has been picked up by Canada and U.K.’s Entertainment One, Scandinavia’s Scanbox, Greece’s Odeon and Slovakia’s Hollywood Classic.

Sales: TF1 Intl.

NE TE RETOURNES PAS

Director: Marina de Van

Producer: Patrick Sobelman

Stars: Monica Bellucci, Sophie Marceau

The scoop: A psychodrama about a writer with two children who mysteriously transforms into another woman without anyone around her noticing, pic is helmed by de Van, a rising star in France.

Sales: Wild Bunch

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