‘Tiger’ leads TF1’s Cannes brigade

Cornillac, Kruger star in Munz-produced pic

PARIS — “Tiger Brigades,” an ambitious $24.4 million Gallic actioner helmed by Jerome Cornuau, will be the centerpiece of TF1 Intl.’s Cannes Film Market lineup.

Clovis Cornillac and Diane Kruger star in pic set in 1912 about the exploits of France’s first motorized police brigade. Pic is produced by Manuel Munz, who produced hit Gallic comedy franchise “Would I Lie to You?”

Cast also includes Stefano Accorsi, Olivier Gourmet, Jacques Gamblin, Thierry Lhermitte and Gerard Jugnot. Shooting begins mid July in the Paris region.

“It’s going to be spectacular with lots of car chases involving vintage cars,” TF1 Intl. topper Nicolas Eschbach said Monday.

Xavier Dorison and Fabien Nury penned script, adapted from a hit Gallic TV series. TFM, TF1’s theatrical distribution joint venture with Miramax, will release the pic in Gaul.

TF1 Intl. also has a pic in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Marco Tullio Giordana’s “Once You’re Born …,” the helmer’s follow- up to “The Best of Youth,” and in Un Certain Regard, freshman helmer Juan Solanas’ Carole Bouquet starrer “Nord est.”

“Once You’re Born” is one of three Italian titles TF1 Intl. is handling from producer Cattleya, along with Cristina Comencini’s close-up family drama “Don’t Tell” and “Romanzo criminale,” an $11 million actioner about Rome’s criminal underworld helmed by Michele Placido.

Ensemble cast includes Stefano Accorsi, Anna Mouglalis, Claudia Santamaria, Pierfrancesco Favino, Kim Rossi Stuart and Jasmine Trinca.

“It’s ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ set in 1980s Italy,” said Eschbach. “We have a varied lineup that has something to interest different kinds of distributors. Our intention is to take bigger budget films with commercial appeal and major arthouse films by sought-after directors.”

TFM’s launch at Cannes three years ago has strengthened TF1 Intl.’s hand with filmmakers, Eschbach points out.

“When competing with rival sales operations having French distribution is a plus,” he said.

TFM’s latest French box-office success, the Gallic laffer “Brice de Nice,” will get its market world premiere at Cannes. Teen comedy, which stars hot Gallic talent Jean Dujardin as a hapless surfer on the wave-free Cote d’Azur, is on target to notch up some 4 million admissions and is drawing keen interest as a potential remake.

Other new fare on TF1 Intl.’s lineup is “Grey Souls,” a murder mystery adapted from the eponymous best-selling French novel, which stars Jean Pierre Marielle, Jacques Villeret in his last role, Denis Podalydes and Marina Hands. Pic was helmed by Yves Angelo and produced by Epithete Films.

TF1 Intl. will screen a promo reel of Larry Clark’s “Wassup Rockers,” “Souls” and a clutch of other French titles. These include helmer Richard Dembo’s last pic, “Nina’s Home,” which stars Agnes Jaoui as the director of an orphans’ shelter at the end of World War II; the Gallic romantic comedy “Love Is in the Air”; “Take a Break,” about French urbanites trying to unwind with the help of a new-age guru; and “The Wedding day,” a Gallic comedy adapted from a successful stage play.

From further afield come “Samsara” helmer Pan Nalin’s “Valley of Flowers”; the erotic love story “20 Nights and a Rainy Day” by Vietnamese first-time helmer Lam Le; and “O Genghis,” a fictionalized documentary about nomads travelling the Silk Road.

TF1 Intl. is also handling sales on historical actioner “Captain Alatriste,” at $27 million one of Spain’s costliest ever pics, starring the Spanish-speaking Viggo Mortensen. Pic is shooting in Spain.