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TF1, SPC pact for ‘Beautiful’

Nolte set to topline

Continuing to carve its niche in English-lingo indie fare, Paris-based sales and production outfit TF1 International has pacted with Sony Pictures Classics and Edward Pressman and Terrence Malick’s production venture Columbine Prods. to co-produce “The Beautiful Country” from director Wayne Wang.

Columbine has a development and distribution pact with SPC who will retain U.S. and U.K. rights with TF1 International handling the rest of the world. Deal was finalized heading into the AFM.

Nick Nolte is set to star as an American who fathers a son with a Vietnamese woman. The loosely autobiographical story deals with the son’s journey through life and search for identity. Additional casting is yet to be confirmed.

Wang’s last effort was the Susan Sarandon starrer “Anywhere But Here.” The helmer will start lensing the erotic “The Center of the World” for Artisan this spring before commencing the $9 million “Beautiful” in fall 2000.

TF1 has also completed sales to Germany’s Foxton and Spain’s Vertigo of James Ivory’s newest, “The Golden Bowl,” starring Uma Thurman, Nick Nolte, Angelica Huston, Jeremy Northam and Kate Beckinsale.

The Henry James adaptation had already been sold in Italy, Benelux and Switzerland with negotiations likely to conclude at the AFM in Japan. Miramax has the U.S. and U.K.