CHANGE OF PLANS
Director: Danielle Thompson
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.
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
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