MK2 Films, one of France’s leading production, international sales and exhibition companies, has acquired worldwide rights to the library of films helmed by French New Wave icons Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy.
The deal, signed with the company founded by the Varda-Demy family, covers France and international, except for DVD and French theatrical distribution of Varda’s and Demy’s movies.
The library includes the pair’s features, shorts and documentaries, most of which have been restored and digitized. Varda’s most critically acclaimed films include “The Beaches of Agnes,” “Les glaneurs et la glaneuse” and “Cléo de 5 à 7.” Some of Demy’s best-known films are “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg,” which won Cannes’s Palme d’Or in 1964 and launched the acting career of Catherine Deneuve, and “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.”
Varda, who is still a prolific filmmaker, is presenting her latest documentary, “Visages Villages,” which she co-directed with French artist JR, out of competition at Cannes. The festival paid tribute to her in 2015 by giving her an honorary Palme d’Or (pictured).
MK2 founder Marin Karmitz and the company’s co-CEOs, Nathanael and Elisha Karmitz, said they were looking forward to turning the spotlight on Varda’s and Remy’s iconic films in France and abroad.
MK2 has also renewed its rights to all Charles Chaplin movies, which it first acquired in 2001. The company also owns the rights to a number of films by such renowned auteurs as François Truffaut, Krzysztof Kieslowski, David Lynch, Claude Chabrol, Abbas Kiarostami, Alain Resnais, Xavier Dolan and Olivier Assayas.
In total, MK2 now boasts one of France’s largest film libraries, with 400 titles.