Canuck helmer seeks French partners

Canadian helmer Denis Cote is developing “Vic and Flo Saw a Bear,” a psychological suspenser starring French thesp-director Valerie Donzelli and Canadian Marc-Andre Grondin.

“Bear” is one of 15 pics being pitched at Paris Project, a four-day co-production meet that wraps Thursday, as part of the Paris Cinema fest.

Produced by Sylvain Corbeil at Quebec’s La Maison de Prod, “Bear” turns on two former women inmates who struggle to enjoy their freedom.

The budget for “Bear” is €2.5 million ($3.6 million). That’s bigger than Cote’s previous pic, “Curling,” the $2.7 million comedy that won two prizes at Locarno.

“I’ve been lucky to have my films play at numerous festivals around the world, and I think ‘Bear’ has the potential to have a larger crossover appeal, and reach audiences beyond the festival circuit,” Cote said.

Cotes aims to raise 20% of the financing from a French co-producer, and the remaining amount from Canada. He is also hoping to find a French distributor and a sales company at Paris Project.

“France is a key entry point to Europe, so having a French distributor can increase my film’s international exposure,” Cote said. He has 39 meetings set up with key French companies, including Memento, Urban Media, MK2 and Pyramide.

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