Venice: Pyramide Strikes Early Sales on

Tapping into France’s new generation of femme filmmakers, Pyramide Intl. has struck early sales on Alix Delaporte’s “The Last Hammer Blow,” which world premieres in competition at Venice.

Pyramide will also handle international sales on Lucie Borleteau’s Locarno competition hit “Fidelio: Alice’s Journey,” which Pyramide Distribution releases Dec. 24 in France.

In first “Hammer Blow” sales, Palace Films acquired rights to Australia and New Zealand, and Lumiere to Benelux territories.

Starring theater vet Gregory Gadebois and Clotilde Hesme,“Hammer Blow” turns, however, on a teen: Victor who, when he enters the Montpellier Opera House, knows nothing about music nor his father (Gadebois), who is about to conduct Mahler’s 6th Symphony. Music, however, allows their halting relationship to grow.

Hailed by France’s Telerama as a “true discovery,” actress-turned-director Borleteau’s debut “Fidelio” centers on Alice (Ariane Labed, “Before Midnight”), a 30-year-old sailor. She embarks as second mate on Fidelio, an old freighter captained, she discovers, by her first great love.

A Europa Cinemas Label winner at August’s Locarno Festival, “Fidelio” is produced by Apsara Films and Why Not Prods., the producer of Ken Loach, Arnaud Desplechin and Jacque Audiard movies.

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