Gallic mini-major also screens five films, four market premieres, in UniFrance Rendez-Vous line-up which ticks multiple boxes
SND has come on board Nicolas Boukhrief’s WWII-set romance drama “The Confession,” the helmer’s follow-up to gritty contempo thriller “Made in France,” and Pascal Bourdiaux’s comedy adventure “Family Heist,” with Jean Reno (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The Squad”).
Now in production, “The Confession” toplines Romain Duris (“The New Girlfriend,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and Marina Vacth (“Young and Beautiful”). The period drama turns on a young woman who confesses, while lying on her deathbed, that she fell in love with a priest in Occupied France during the Second World War.
Boukhrief’s latest film, “Made in France,” follows a journalist who infiltrates a jihadist cell in Paris. Pic, which was shot before the Charlie Hebdo and recent Paris terror attacks, will soon by released in France. “The Confession” marks a departure for Boukhrief who is known for directing high-voltage, bold genre films such as “Off Limits” and “Cash Truck.”
A model-turned-actress, Vacth broke through with Francois Ozon’s “Young and Beautiful” which competed in Cannes. Duris, meanwhile, is one of France’s most popular and bankable actors whose credits include Cedric Klapisch’s”The Spanish Apartment,” Pascal Chaumeil’s “Heartbreaker” and Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo.”
“Family Heist” stars Reno, Camille Chamoux (“Superchondriac”) and Reem Kherici (“Paris or Perish”). It turns on Patrick, a legendary art thief who gets framed by his protege and partner, Romain, and elaborates a payback plan involving his two estranged daughters and a €15 million ($16 million) heist. Bourdiaux, a popular comedy helmer, has previously directed “Le mac” and “Un gars, une fille” with Jean Dujardin and Alexandra Lamy.
Among the four market premieres that SND will host at Paris’ UniFrance Rendez-Vous, which kicks off Jan. 14: Francois Desagnat’s “Roommates Wanted,” a comedy starring Andre Dussollier; Julien Rappeneau’s detective romantic comedy “Rosalie Blum” with Noemie Lvovsky (“Camille Rewinds”) and Kyan Khojandi (“Bref”) and Alice Isaak (“La creme de la creme”); Michel Leclerc’s “The Terrible Privacy of Mr. Sim,” a road-trip comedy topping Jean-Pierre Bacri, Valeria Golino and Mathieu Amalric (“The Blue Room”). “Roomates,” “Blum” and “privacy” will be distributed by SND in France, said Charlotte Boucon, SND director of sales and international distribution,
Of SND comedies, “Roommates Wanted” weighs is as a collocation-themed comedy from Designat, starring Dussollier (“Beauty and the Beast,” “My Golden Days”) and a new generation of French talent: Berengere Krief, Arnaud Ducret and Julia Piaton. A “generational comedy,” per Boucon, “Roommates Wanted” has Dusolier playing a retired widow who takes in some young adults roommates, for the better and the worst, creating unknowingly a new kind of family for himself.
Called “a sweet, poetic cat-and-mouse story” by Boucon, “Blum,” an off-kilter romantic comedy about two opposed amateur sleuths, is produced by CG Cinema and The Film. Rappeneau, who debuts in direction, is the scribe of Claude François’ “My Way” and Jerome Salle’s “The Burma Conspiracy” and “Zulu.”
Adapting Jonathan Coe’s novel, “Mr Sim” is a road movie charting a man’s spiritual rebirth with a top-notch cast lead by Bacri (“Looking for Hortense”), Amalric (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Golino (“An Italian Name”). “It’s French auteur comedy and great fun,” said Boucon. Leclerc is best known for co-writing and directing “The Names of Love,” a racy romcom with a political background which opened Cannes’ Critics Week and proved the talk of France’s 2011 Cesars, taking best original screenplay and actress for Sarah Forestier.
At the Rendez-Vous, SND will also show Stephane Archinard and Francois Prevot-Leygonie’s comedy “Off Piste” with Jose Garcia (“Le mac”) and Julien Leclercq’s action-thriller “The Crew” Sami Bouajila and Guillaume Gouix.
Screened at the American Film Market and Tallinn Fest, “The Crew” turns on an armored-vehicle hold-up gang forced by a dealer to pull a near impossible hit, or their families will pay. School-skiing-trip-set comedy, “Off Piste,” a market premiere, is about a not very exemplary writer father pursuing his daughter after she steals the file of his latest novel. Stephan Archinard and François Prevot-Leygonie previously teamed on 2012’s “Amitiés sinceres.”
Also on SND’s slate are Hugo Gelin’s “Two Is A Family,” a London-set dramedy with Omar Sy and Clemence Poesy, and Tommy Wirkola’s “What Happened to Monday” with Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe.