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Studiocanal nabs Jacques Tati rights

Les Films de Mon Oncle handles Gallic theatrical, festivals

MADRID — Adding to its 5,000-title film catalog, Studiocanal has acquired worldwide rights beyond French theatrical and festivals to all Jacques Tati’s movies.

Inked with Paris-based Les Films de Mon Oncle, deal takes in Tati’s Monsieur Hulot movies: 1953’s “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday”; 1958’s “My Uncle,” which won the foreign-language film Oscar; 1967’s “Play Time,” now regarded as Tati’s masterpiece; and 1971’s “Traffic.”

Pact encompasses Tati’s first and last features, 1949’s “Jour de fete” and 1973’s “Parade,” plus his six surviving shorts, from 1934’s “On Demande une brute,” starring Tati, to 1946 rural comedy “The School for Postmen” and 1978’s soccer short “Forza Bastia,” edited by daughter Sophie Tatischeff after his death in 1982.

Les Films de Mon Oncle, which will handle theatrical distribution in France and fest play in and outside France, has collected rights to Tati’s oeuvre, acquiring “Parade” in 2011, said Jerome Deschamps, who founded the company in 2001 with Macha Makeieff and Tatischeff, just before her death.

Working with Technicolor and Gan Foundations, it is half-way through restoring Tati’s films, beginning with the pioneering 65mm “Play Time,” “My Uncle” (the American version of “Mon oncle”) and “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday,” Deschamps added.

“Tati’s films still have a considerable resonance in France and abroad,” said Studiocanal chairman-CEO Olivier Courson.

Deal underscores Studiocanal’s director-driven focus, seen in upcoming releases including Susanne Bier’s “Serena” and the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and in its library, which features multiple titles by directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Luis Bunuel.

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