Paramount Classics in Total agreement

Pact gives startup rights to 2 pix

Par specialized division Paramount Classics has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Total Film Group.

The deal, confirmed by Par Classics co-prexys David Dinerstein and Ruth Vitale, gives the startup the North American rights to two new pics, both to be exec produced by Total Film chairman and CEO Gerald Green.

Bruce Beresford, who last helmed the $100 million-plus hit “Double Jeopardy” for Paramount Pictures, will see his newest effort, “Bride of the Wind,” distribbed by Par Classics. And Christine Lahti’s “My First Mister” will also get North American distribution via the startup Classics division.

“Our new relationship with Paramount Classics will make for an exciting and exceptional slate of films,” Green said.

“Bride” follows the life of Alma Mahler, a talented composer and musician who forsakes her own musical dreams to marry famed composer Gustav Mahler. Ultimately, his muse leaves him to pursue sexual liberty and flourish as a composer on her own.

“Bride” will be produced by Lawrence Levy and Evzen Kolar.

Par Classics will also distrib “My First Mister,” the feature helming debut from Christine Lahti (Academy Award winner for her short “Lieberman in Love”).

With a script from Jill Franklyn, “Mister” centers on a bright, cynical 17-year-old girl who is transformed by a friendship with a 49-year-old man. Pic stars Albert Brooks (“The Muse,” “Defending Your Life”) and Leelee Sobieski (“Eyes Wide Shut”). Carol Baum and Jane Goldenring are producing.

Total most recently financed and produced “Diamonds,” starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Dan Aykroyd, for Miramax Films.

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