Krichtofovitch leaves home for ‘L’Heure’

CANNES — Ukrainian director Viatcheslav Krichtofovitch is to lens his first pic outside his home country when shooting starts July 30 on French-backed “L’Heure d’Ete.”

Krichtofovitch, whose directing credits include 1991 Directors Fortnight pic “Adam’s Rib,” has teamed up with scripter Alexandre Adabachian, who penned Nikita Mikhalkov’s 1987 “Dark Eyes.”

The $4 million pic will topline Irene Jacob, whose recent work includes “The Big Brass Ring.”

Co-starring is Gallic thesp Vincent Elbaz, who hit the headlines in 1996 with a pair of box office successes: “La Verite Si Je Mens” and “Les Randonneurs.”

Also signed on is respected French legit actor Stephane Freiss, making one of his rare forays into the film world.

Krichtofovitch has spent the last eight months learning French to shoot in Paris and central France.

His latest feature is the story of Jean-Eric (Elbaz) and Nathalie (Jacob) who are set to get married. After Nathalie meets Oleg, everyone’s life changes.

The pic is being produced by Paris-based Compagnie des Films and is being sold internationally by UGC Intl., which also handled world sales on “Adam’s Rib.”