Fine Line caught up in ‘Affair’

Deal inked for Baye, Lopez starrer

TORONTO — Fine Line Features, the most aggressive buyer at a generally moribund Toronto Film Festival, has closed a deal for U.S. and English-language Canadian rights to Frederic Fonteyne’s “A Pornographic Affair.”

Fine Line, which has been pursuing the Franco-Belgian co-production since it screened in Venice more than a week ago, concluded negotiations with French sales agencies President and Artbox here Wednesday afternoon.

In “Pornographic Affair,” which is shot in mock documentary fashion, two lovers discuss intimately the details and history of their relationship.

Pic stars Nathalie Baye and Sergi Lopez, and was written by Philippe Blasband. Patrick Quinet produced the French-lingo drama, which received funding from France, Belgian, Swiss and Luxembourg sources.

“A Pornographic Affair” becomes Fine Line’s first French-language acquisition since prexy Mark Ordesky assumed the reins of the New Line arthouse unit almost two years ago. It’s the sophomore effort from Belgium’s Fonteyne, whose first pic was 1997’s “Max et Bobo.”

“I am absolutely thrilled that Fine Line has been able to secure this powerful and stylish film for North America,” Ordesky said.

At the Toronto fest, Fine Line has also snapped up U.S. rights to the Canadian drama “The Five Senses,” directed by Jeremy Podeswa. The distrib also has its pics “Simpatico” and “Tumbleweeds” screening at this year’s event.

Ordesky and Fine Line VP of business development negotiated the deal with President’s Jacques Strauss and Artbox’s Claudia Rae.

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