Cannes: Alpha Violet Takes Peloquin’s ‘Trees’

Paris sales house closes early pre-sales on Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's film noir 'Luxembourg'

Paris-based sales company Alpha Violet has swooped on international sales rights to family drama “The Sound of Trees,” the feature debut of Montreal-based director François Peloquin.

Produced by Ziad Touma at Montreal’s Couzin Films, “The Sound of Trees” toplines Roy Dupuis (“Shake Hands with the Devil,” “The Rocket”) and young actor Antoine L’Ecuyer (“It’s Not Me, I Swear!”).

Taking place during one summer, “The Sound of Trees” reflects on a father and son relationship, questioning what a father should convey to his son, in a masculine and physical way, per Alpha Violet co-founder Virginie Devesa.

“Trees” is an “astonishing film with very stylish images,” she said. “We strongly believe that François Peloquin’s first feature should soon attract big festivals,” Devesa added.

Also, Alpha Violet has started pre-sales on Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s film noir “Luxembourg,” Ukrainian director’s follow-up to 2014 Cannes Critics’ Week winner “The Tribe,” another Alpha Violet pickup.

Early “Luxembourg” deals at Cannes include former Yugoslavia territories (MCF), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe) and Greece (Danaos).

Scheduled to roll in October-November, “Luxembourg” is co-produced by Alpha Violet alongside Ukraine’s Garmata and Germany’s Tandem. “Luxembourg’s” French and Japanese rights are under discussion.

At Cannes, Slaboshpytskiy’s “The Tribe” has been sold to Italy’s Officine Ubu, Thailand’s HAL Distribution and Taiwan’s Cineplex.

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