French director set to direct 'Hours'

French helmer Stephane Brize, who has steadily built an international sales base on delicate relationship dramas, is set to direct “A Few Hours of Spring.”

Written by Brize and Florence Vignon, “Spring” is produced by Brize regulars Gilles Sacuto and Milena Poylo at Paris-based TS Prods., whose credits include Canada’s Oscar-nominated “Incendies” and Cesars-topping “Seraphine.”

Paris-based Rezo has taken international rights.

Shooting in the spring (when else?), “Spring” takes up Brize’s central theme of characters struggling with repressed emotion, explored most recently in “Mademoiselle Chambon.”

“Spring” turns on a 47-year-old ex-con seeking reconciliation with his dying mother. “Chambon” lead Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Seigner (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) and Helene Vincent (“Locked Out”) star.

The 2010 hit “Chambon” sold to 25 territories, said Rezo’s Sebastien Chesneau. He is closing sales in territories on “Spring,” which is in pre-production, with “Chambon” distributors, he added.

Handling a slate of accessible director-driven fare ranging from Julie Delpy’s “2 Days in New York” — slated to be ready in fall for the Toronto fest — to buzzed-about Russian tycoon-to-prisoner docu “Khodorkovsky,” world-preeming at Berlin, Rezo has also added “Resistance” (from Brit first-timer Amit Gupta) and “Color Me Happy” to its slate.

Metrodome Distribution has taken U.K. rights to “Resistance,” an adaptation of Owen Sheers’ novel about a fictional WWII Nazi-occupied Britain, which has appeared in more than 20 territories.

Produced by Richard Holmes (“Eden Lake,” “Shooting Fish”) for Big Rich Films and by Amanda Faber, the pic stars Michael Sheen, Andrea Riseborough (“Happy-Go-Lucky”) and Tom Wlaschiha (“Valkyrie”).

Slated to be ready for Cannes, “Resistance” has a promo reel at Berlin.

Rezo also is repping “Color” a classic 2D animated adventure from vet Gallic writer-director Jean-Francois Laguionie (“Black Mor’s Island”). Pic re-creates the universes of Modigliani, Gauguin and Matisse.

“?’Color’ is a high-profile and distinctive animation film, with a significant potential family and school market,” Chesneau said. Gebeka has French rights.

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