Fred Cavaye director
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French thriller stars Lindon, Lellouche

Fox International Prods. is saying “Mea Culpa,” acquiring distribution rights for the Latin America, Germany and the United States on director Fred Cavaye’s thriller.

Fox announced the deal on the opening day at Cannes, where co-producer Gaumont is unveiling footage.

“Mea Culpa” stars French thesps Vincent Lindon and Gilles Lellouche and Lebanese director-actor Nadine Labaki (“Caramel,” “Where Do We Go Now”).

Jean-Baptiste Dupont and Cyril Colbeau-Justin at LGM are producing the $20 million project. Gaumont is also handling international and French distribution.

Story centers on a pair of police officers and long-time partners, whose lives go into a tailspin when one of them causes a tragic car accident. “Mea Culpa” is set to open in France in the first quarter of next year.

Cavaye’s credits include “Anything For Her,” which was remade by Paul Haggis as “The Next Three Days, and “Point Blank,”  which is being developed as an English-language remake by Leverage and Working Title.

Fox’s deal was negotiated by Cecile Gaget of  Gaumont International and Shebnem Askin of Fox International.

Gaumont previously closed distribution arrangements for Canada with E One; for Spain with A Contra Corriente, for South Korea with Focus & Cie; in Greece with Odeon; with PT Amero in Indonesia; Filma in Turkey; and Udream in Benelux.

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