Par Classics dons FilmFour’s ‘Clothes’

Romantic comedy involves Napoleon's secret return

Paramount Classics has acquired multiterritory distribution rights including North America to FilmFour’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” starring Ian Holm, Iben Hjejle and Tim McInnerny.

The romantic comedy of errors, directed by Alan Taylor (“Palookaville”), was produced by Uberto Pasolini under his Redwave Films banner. Adapted by Kevin Molony from Simon Leys’ novel “The Death of Napoleon,” “Clothes” is a fable about Napoleon’s secret return to France to reclaim his throne and imperial glory.

FilmFour will release pic in the U.K., with Par Classics also picking up Latin America, Japan, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand distribution rights. FilmFour Intl. has also sold pic to several international distribs, including Mikado in Italy, Senator in Germany (with whom FilmFour has an ongoing financing and distribution arrangement), Alta in Spain and United King in Israel. Pic will also be shown at the London Screenings this week.

“We are delighted to be working with Alan Taylor and his cast,” said Par Classics co-president Ruth Vitale. ” ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ is a smart and endearing fairy tale,” she added.

“I am looking forward to working with Uberto again,” said Par Classics co-prexy David Dinerstein. “He, along with FilmFour, Alan and, of course, Ian Holm, have created an ingeniously witty film.”

Dinerstein previously teamed with producer Pasolini on Fox Searchlight’s “The Full Monty,” when Dinerstein was head of marketing for the specialized Fox division.

FilmFour Intl. head Janine Gold and director of biz affairs Andrew Hildebrand brokered the deal with Par Classics.

Distrib’s upcoming release slate includes Ed Burns’ romantic comedy “Sidewalks of New York,” starring Heather Graham, Stanley Tucci and Dennis Farina; Cannes acquisition “Les ames fortes,” directed by Raul Ruiz and starring John Malkovich and Laeticia Casta; “Just a Kiss,” Fisher Stevens’ directorial debut, starring Marisa Tomei and Kyra Sedgwick; and “Triumph of Love,” directed by Clare Peploe, produced by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring Ben Kingsley and Mira Sorvino.

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