Films Distribution reps project at American Film Market

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Jeremie Renier (“The Kid With a Bike”), Audrey Fleurot (“The Intouchables”) and Bouli Lanners (“Rust and Bone”) have boarded “The Brotherhood of Tears,” a $7 million concept-driven thriller from up-and-comer Jean-Baptiste Andrea (“Dead End”).

The suspenser was acquired by Films Distribution for international sales, and Rezo Films for French distribution. Films Distribution will shop the project at the American Film Market, which kicks off Wednesday.

Co-penned with Gael Maury and Andrea, “Tears” centers on Gabriel Chevalier, a cop-turned-unemployed-single-father, who’s offered money to transport a suitcase. As his mission leads him to cross paths with weird people in strange places, his cop instincts gradually resurface. 

Set to start lensing on Nov. 8, pic is produced by Gaul’s Full House, which was founded in 2009 by Didar Domehri, a former Films Distribution sales head, Laurent Baudens, formerly of Wild Bunch, and Gael Nouaille, who’s still at Wild Bunch. Luxembourg’s Red Lion Prod. and Belgium’s Saga Films are co-producing.

Andrea previously helmed and co-wrote two English-language pics: David Schwimmer starrer “Big Nothing” and horror thriller “Dead End,” which travelled worldwide and nabbed the audience nod at San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film fest, among other festival kudos. 

“Tears” is one of a range of upscale director-driven genre films in Films Distribution lineup. Headed by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Francois Yon, the sales shingle reps an eclectic mix of international pics, including French horror slasher “Goal of the Dead,” French/Italian docu feature “The Tightrope,” an in-depth look at theater director Peter Brook’s rehearsal process; Israel’s Eytan Fox’s music-filled comedy “Bananas” and Greek Panos Koutras’ coming-of-age drama “Xenia.”

“Today we’re proud to represent films from Israel, Palestinian territories, Austria, the U.S., Iceland and France — we’ve demonstrated that we’re interested in talented auteurs coming from all parts of the world,” said Brigaud-Robert.

John Hopewell contributed to this report.

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