Lelouch gets ‘Come as You Are’

Road trip pic to get big France release

Gallic director Claude Lelouch’s distribution operation Les Films 13 has snapped up French rights to Belgian Geoffrey Enthoven’s Montreal fest hit “Come as You Are” (aka “Hasta la vista”).

Deal comes as a second title sold by the Berlin-based and Films Distribution-owned Films Boutique, Alexander Sokurov’s Venice Competish player is seeing a flurry of sales and offers after an upbeat Lido reception.

Written by Pierre De Clerq, seriocomedy “Come” turns on three special-needs men who take a road-trip together to lose their virginity.

“Come” will be released theatrically in France on 100-150 prints, a considerable print run for pic, which won Montreal’s Grand Prize of the Americas.

” ‘Come as You Are’ totally got me,” Lelouch said. “When a film manages to be an art film as well as a popular comedy, then you are close to a masterpiece.”

K Film Amerique has acquired Canadian Rights. Screening at Toronto’s market, “Come” will be released in Belgium by Kinepolis later this month.

Films Boutique CEO Jean-Christophe Simon told Variety that it is discussing remake rights to “Come” with “different U.S. majors.”

Simon meanwhile is negotiating sales for “Faust,” a retelling of the Goethe tragedy, which garnered some rave reviews at Venice. Archibald took Italian rights before the fest. Pic has since closed Portugal (Clap Filmes), the Czech and Slovak republics (Film Europe), Taiwan (Atom Cinema), Greece (Artplex Attica) and Turkey (Kalinos Ent.).

“Faust” is now under negotiation in numerous territories including France, U.K., Mexico and Germany, Simon said. The film has its North American premiere at Toronto.

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