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Gaumont Books Fontaine’s ‘Bovary’ Update

Gaumont is re-teaming with French helmer Anne Fontaine on “Gemma Bovery”.  The bigscreen adaptation of the eponymous comicbook, pic toplines star Gemma Arterton and Gallic thesp Fabrice Luchini.

A contempo twist on Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary,” Fontaine’s pic turns on the unlikely romance between an ex-Parisian hipster (Luchini) living in Normandy and an attractive British woman (Arterton) who has moved into a small farm nearby with her husband.

Philippe Carcassone at Cine@ and Matthieu Tarot at Albertine are producing along with Gaumont, which is also handling international and French distribution. Ruby Films has UK distribution rights.

Gaumont saw success with Fontaine’s previous pic, “Two Mothers”. Gaumont’s €17 million “Turning Tide,” Christophe Offenstein, is set to sail to key international territories. Sailing drama stars Guillaume Canet and Francois Cluzet. Gaumont — the pic’s producer, distributor and seller — has inked pre-sales pacts after showing a promo to Cannes market buyers, including Canada (Metropole), Italy (Lucky Red), Australia (Vendetta), South Korea (Barunson), Hong Kong (Edko), Israel (Nachshon), former Yugoslavia (Cinemania), Turkey (Calinos) and Lusomondo (Portugal).

Gaumont is producing with Les Films du Cap. Spain’s A Contracorriente and Belgium’s Belga are co-producing. A Contracorriente will distribute in Spain, Belga will distribute in Belgium.

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