PARIS –Riding high with Golden Globe nominations for “Philomena” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Pathe International will unveil at the Paris’ 16th UniFrance Rendezvous one of their big new French film plays, “Quantum Love,” a love story linking two classic French marquee draws: Sophie Marceau (“The World Is not Enough,” “Braveheart”) and Francois Cluzet (“The Untouchables,” “Tell No One”).
Co-producing “Quantum Love” with Julien Madon and director LisaAzuelos, Pathe has also has taken world sales rights outside France, Belgium and Switzerland. It will distribute “Quantum Love” directly in all three territories.
Directed by Gallic helmer-scribe Azuelos’ (“LOL (Laughing Out Loud)), “Quantum Love” will world premiere Jan. 12 at the Rendez-vous where, given its star power, it’s likely to feature as one of the its main attractions.
Described by Cluzet as a “beautiful love story,” “Love” features the actor as a contented-enough family man who meets Elsa (Marceau), then bumps into one her again. There’s still mutual attraction, they both confess; but they go separate ways, though reality begins blurring with their fantasies about each other begin.
Pathe Distribution will release “Quantum Love” in France on April 24.
“Love” is Gallic helmer-scribe Lisa Azuelos’ follow-up to Lionsgate’s English-language “LOL,” with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, which never caught fire with either critics or at th ebox office. “LOL” in turn was a re-make of Azuelos’ 2009 “LOL (Laughing Out Loud) which, co-starring Marceau, was one of the biggest French hits of the year, grossing $28.9 million in Gaul.
At the Paris Rendez-vous, Pathe will also world preem “Jacky in the Kingdom of Women,” a Cinderella narrative set in a femme-ruled dystopia which marks Riad Sattouf follow-up to “The French Kissers.”
Produced by Anne-Dominique Toussaint for Les Films des Tournelles, “Jacky” stars Vincent Lacoste (“Asterix ) as the veiled, homebound Jacky who fantasizes, like all the bachelors in the land, about marrying the Colonelle, the dictatrix’s daughter, and having lots of daughters with her. “The Artist’s” Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius makes his major role acting debut as Jacky’s mentor in affairs of the heart.