Yves Saint-Laurent biopic finds backer
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At mid-point in the Cannes Film Market, EuropaCorp is unveiling a flurry of deals on Paul Walker action movie “Brick Mansions” and Bertrand Bonello’s “Yves Saint-Laurent.”

Led by Marie-Laure Montironi, EuropaCorp’s sales team has closed pre-sales  on “Mansions” in key countries including Germany (Universum), Japan (Asmik Ace), South Korea (Daisy), U.K. (Warner Bros.), Canada (VVS), Latin America (California Filmes), Scandinavia (Scanbox), China (Fundamental) and Turkey (TMC).

Produced by EuropaCorp and Relativity Media, as part of their co-production and co-financing deal, Camille Delamarre’s “Mansions” — a remake of Luc Besson-penned “District B13″ — is lensing in Canada. Relativity Media will release the pic Stateside.

Meanwhile “Saint-Laurent” pre-sold to Scandinavia (Scanbox), Portugal (Lusomundo), Indonesia (PT Amero) and Singapore (Shaw) ahead of its October shooting.

All outstanding territories are in negotiations, per Montironi.

EuropaCorp turned the spotlight on “Yves Saint-Laurent” during its buyers screening, bringing Bonello and lead thesp Gaspard Ulliel, to present the project.

Although there is a rival Yves Saint-Laurent biopic on the market that’s been picked up by the Weinstein Co., Montironi told Variety Bonello’s film is getting attention from U.S. buyers thanks to the cast (Lea Seydoux, Jeremie Renier and Ulliel), director and its festival-driven appeal.

Written by Bonello and Thomas Bidegain (“Rust and Bone”), “Saint-Laurent” chronicles 10 years in the life of the designer, beginning at age 30, and depicts his genius as well as shedding light on his darker side.

Another hot title on EuropaCorp’s Cannes slate is “Sea at War,” a mermaid adventure film penned by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.

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