Distrib Pyramide builds upbeat slate

Firm hopes to repeat success with three competition films

Following its success last year with the Grand Prix du Jury and actress winning “The Man Without a Past,” Gallic indie distributor Pyramide has an upbeat line-up this year including three films in competition, Denys Arcand’s “The Barbarian Invasions,” Claude Miller’s “La petite Lili” and Naomi Kawase’s “Shara.”

Managing director Eric Lagesse, who handles sales to other territories via Flach Pyramide Intl., says: “These days there is more and more potential for comedy. People need films that are joyful, that make you laugh and cry but aren’t depressing.”

Flach Pyramide also has three films making their market world premiere, Catherine Corsini’s “The Very Merry Widows” with Jane Birkin, Emilie Dequenne and Pierre Richard; Benoit Cohen’s “Our Precious Children”; and Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu’s “A Real Man.”

Among nine other pics on Flach Pyramide’s slate are Tonie Marshall’s “France Boutique,” Catherine Breillat’s “Anatomy of Hell” and two pics still shooting, Tony Gatlif’s “Exiles” and Gilles Legrand’s “Malabar Princess.”

The Gatlif pic stars Romain Duris, seen recently in the French hit “Europudding,” and follows two young French people as they journey from Paris to North Africa.

“It’s a voyage of initiation, featuring lots of music as you’d expect with Gatlif,” Lagesse says.

“Malabar Princess,” with Jacques Villeret, Claude Brasseur, Michele Laroque and Jules Angelo-Bigarnet, is set in the Alps and is about a little boy’s relationship with his grandfather, after his mother’s death.

The pic is expected to be given a wide French release by Warner Bros., which recently bought the pic for France, Belgium and Switzerland.

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