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‘Hour’ is right for Jacob to topline Krishtofovich pic

$3 mil pic set set for March lensing in France

French producers Pierre Rival and Jacky Ouaknine have signed up Irene Jacob to star in Vyacheslav Krishtofovich’s upcoming “The Hour That Never Existed” (the film’s working title).

Jacob starred in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “The Double Life of Veronique” and the Polish director’s “Red.”

The $3 million sentimental comedy will be Krishtofovich’s first directing project in Western Europe and is set to lens in France in March. Pic is a co-prod between Rival’s Arts Services and Ouaknine’s Compagnie des Films production shingle.

Krishtofovich’s previous directing credits include 1993’s “Adam’s Rib” and 1997 Cannes Directors Fortnight entry “A Friend of the Deceased,” which Sony Pictures Classics acquired for the U.S. and which opened in New York recently.

Per Rival and Ouaknine, Sony is now in discussions with them on a possible remake of “A Friend of the Deceased.”

“The Hour That Never Existed” is co-scripted by Sacha Adabachian, who penned Nikita Mikhalkov’s 1987 “Dark Eyes.”