Max takes ‘Moon’ int’l

HD pic makes int'l debut next month at Berlin

PARK CITY — Quebec-based Max Films Intl. has acquired international distribution rights to writer-director Robert Lepage’s “Far Side of the Moon.”

Pic, which will have its international debut at next month’s Berlin Film Festival, is adapted from Lepage’s stage play of the same name and was shot entirely with high-definition cameras.

This is the first year Berlin will screen pics digitally; pic will unspool in both HD and 35mm at the fest.

Pic traces Philippe’s (Lepage) attempts to find his role on earth and to reconcile with his younger brother after their mother’s death. These events are paralleled by Russia’s defeat in the space race and the ensuing Soviet-American cooperation.

Lepage toured the critically lauded legit piece internationally before developing it as a feature.

Alexandra Wermester, director of international marketing for Max Films, will handle international sales on the film.

Max Films’ slate includes current release “Seducing Doctor Lewis” (La Grande Seduction), which is now the highest-grossing film of the year in Quebec, outgrossing blockbusters “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “The Matrix Reloaded.” Pic has been sold internationally to 12 territories, including to distributor Gaumont in France, where the film will roll out at the end of April. The film had its U.S. premiere last week at the Sundance Film Festival.

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