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‘Monsieur Lazhar’ heads to Japan

Canadian film rights bought by New Select and Zazie

Quebecois scribe-helmer Philippe Falardeau’s drama “Monsieur Lazhar” has been acquired by New Select and Zazie Films for distribution in Japan. Repped by Gallic shingle Films Distribution, “Lazhar” is Canada’s Oscar submission for foreign-language film. The critically acclaimed pic grossed a solid $247,225 in its opening weekend Oct. 28 in Canada.

Deal was brokered by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert from Films Distribution and Shoko O’Donnel for New Select and Zazie Films. The pic has already been acquired in the U.S. by Music Box and in France by UGC.

Based on Evelyne de la Cheneliere’s play, “Lazhar” follows the journey of an Algerian immigrant who becomes a teacher at a Montreal elementary school after his predecessor committed suicide.

Pic was produced by Microscope, the outfit behind Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies.”

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