WTFilms Boasts Sales On Terrorism-Themed ‘Inside The Cell’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Nicolas Boukhrief’s “Inside The Cell,” the gripping Paris-based terrorism thriller whose theatrical release was pulled in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 attacks in the French capital, is set to travel to a flurry of territories.

After hosting a market premiere at the AFM, WTFilms – the Parisian sales company headed by Dimitri Stephanides and Gregory Chambet — has sold “Inside The Cell” (“Made in France”) to China (Quik E), Belgium (Cineart), Latin America (California), Turkey (Mars) and Greece (Odeon), among other territories.

The company is showing the film on Jan. 15 at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris which kicks off today.

Lensed before the Charlie Hebdo attacks a year ago, the thriller follows a journalist who infiltrates a terrorists cell in Paris and befriends four aspiring Jihads who plot a deadly assault in the French city.

The release of the film, whose posters displayed a large Kalashnikov against a picture of the Eiffel Tower, was initially scheduled for Nov. 18 and was pushed back twice. The French distributor, Pretty Pictures, has now opted for a VOD roll-out kicking off on Jan. 29.

At the UniFrance RDV in Paris, WTFilms will also host the market screening of “Thank You For Calling,” Pascal Elbe’s action-packed dramedy turning on the true story of Gilbert Chikli (Vincent Elbaz), a conman who robbed millions of Euros by sweet-talking people on his cell phone. He notably conned French banks, pretending he was a French secret services agent. Penned by Noe Debre (“Dheepan,” “The Cowboys”) and Elbe, “Thank You For Calling” is produced by Isaac Sharry at Vito Films. Elbaz stars opposite Julie Gayet (“The French Minister”) and Zabou Breitman (“24 Days”).

“Thank You For Calling” was released in France on Dec. 30 by Rezo and is having a healthy run at the local B.O., pointed out Chambet and Stephanides, who are pitching the film as a French twist on “Catch Me If You Can.” WTFilms has already sold the pic to Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Korea and China.

WTFilms is also pushing pre-sales on several French projects at the Paris confab, notably Sebastien Marnier’s stylish revenge thriller “Faultless” with Marina Fois (“Polisse”), Jeremy Elkaim (“Marguerite & Julien”), Josephine Japy (“Breathe”) and musician-turned-thesp Benjamin Biolay. Other French projects on WTFilms include Serge Avedikian’s comedy “Lost In Armenia” and Thomas Kruithof’s spy thriller “The Eavesdropper” with Francois Cluzet.

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