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TF1 acquires global rights to Ledoux pic

Psycho-thriller 'Facing' int'l distribution

France’s TF1 International has acquired international rights to the French-lingo psycho-thriller “Facing,” starring Jean-Hugues Anglade (“Betty Blue,” “La Reine Margot”).

Budgeted at between $5 million and $6 million, “Facing” is directed by Mathias Ledoux and produced by Cinemane Films. Now shooting in Paris, it will be ready for delivery by fall. Pic turns on voyeurism, deceit, adultery, sexual domination and obsession. A seemingly happy young couple receives a surprise inheritance, a luxurious mansion, but the gift becomes a poisoned chalice as the husband investigates the identity of the mansion’s dead owner.

TF1 Intl., the overseas sales arm of giant French commercial web TF1, is rapidly emerging as one of the most aggressive sales companies in Europe.

TF1 has also taken select territorial rights on the English-language “Cut,” an ironic horror film by Kimble Rendall, produced by Australia’s Beyond Films and toplining Kylie Minogue. Pic looks likely to co-star an American marquee lead.

At this year’s American Film Market, TF1 also will be unveiling first images on a potentially strong market attraction: the romantic drama “Lovers,” which is the fifth film in the Dogma series and stars France’s hottest young actress, Elodie Bouchez (“The Dream Life of Angels”). First-time director Jean-Marc Barr (who acted in “The Big Blue”) will direct and Sergei Trifunovic (“The Powder Keg”) co-stars.

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