Onoma picks up rights to ‘Kalach’

Sales unit grabs Depardieu, Lanvin comedy

French sales agent Onoma has picked up worldwide rights to “Kalach” a big-budget crimer starring Gerard Depardieu and Gerard Lanvin.

Pic, to be helmed by Yves Renier, is co-scripted by Renier and ex-con Franck Henry, who served 20 years in prison for his organized-crime misdeeds and has emerged as a screenwriter with credits that include the Commissaire Moulin” TV series.

Action pits Depardieu as a cop on the trail of a crook who is preparing an armed attack as his final action before retirement. Like “American Gangster” or recent French hit “36 Quai des Orfeves,” strong focus will be on the underworld milieu and sociological impact of criminal society.

Pic will shoot in early 2008 on a budget of Euros15 million ($21.6 million) and is produced by Noe Productions (“Doberman,” “L’Esquive”.) Cast also includes Mathilde Seigner and Francois Berleand.

Onoma, founded by Pascal Diot as an specialty seller of Asian movies, sees “Kalach” as first step to shift into larger-budget commercial pics. Company previously repped “Chok Dee” and Wang Chao’s “The Orphan of Anyang” and “Riri Yeye.”

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