Dupieux surrealist comedy wraps in L.A.
PARISParis-based Diaphana has acquired French distribution rights to Quentin Dupieux’s L.A.-set “Realite.” Produced by Realitism Films’ Gregory Bernard, the surrealist comedy stars Alain Chabat (“Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami”) as Jason, a failed director who convinces his crooked producer to finance his first horror movie. Chabat stars opposite a mix of French and American thesps including Elodie Bouchez (“Four Lovers”), Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”) and Eric Wareheim (“Wrong Cops”). John Glover (“The Good Wife”) and Roxane Mesquida (“XIII: The Series”) make surprise appearances. Pic just wrapped lensing in Los Angeles and shot in French- and English-language. Bernard has been producing for Dupieux since his 2010 English-language debut, “Rubber,” a micro-budget homage to B-movies that earned the helmer fans on both sides of the Atlantic. “Rubber” was distribbed in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures’ Magnet Releasing. Dupieux’s “Wrong” played last year at Sundance in the World Cinema section and will be released Stateside by Drafthouse Films in 2013. Talking about “Realite,” Bernard said, “Now we have Diaphana on board as our French distributor we’re looking for a good U.S. distributor to head to our first festival backed by two strong partners. Once we get there, we’ll complete with international sales.”