Provost to direct ‘Long Falling’

Pic centers on woman who kills husband

PARIS — After winning best film at last year’s Cesar awards, French helmer Martin Provost is re-teaming with “Seraphine” star Yolande Moreau for “The Long Falling.”

A heartfelt drama, pic centers on a woman who kills her husband after enduring years of physical abuse and develops a friendship with a widowed woman she meets while on the run.

The $6.1 million pic is produced by Julie Salvador at F Comme Films and co-penned by “Seraphine”‘ scribe Marc Abdelnour.

French outfit Roissy Films, owned by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, handles international sales.

Other new titles on Roissy’s slate include Zabou Breitman’s “No and Me,” Hiner Saleem’s “Si tu meurs, je te tue!” (If You Die, I’ll Kill You!”) and Thierry Benisti’s “A Bottle in the Sea of Gaza.”

An adaptation of Delphine de Vigan’s novel, “No and Me” is Breitman’s follow up to Daniel Auteuil-starrer “Someone I Loved.”

An $8 million drama, “No and Me” centers on the unlikely friendship between a lonely teenage girl and a homeless woman.

Breitman, Bernard Campan and Julie Marie-Carpentier topline.

Diaphana will distribute the film in France in early 2011.

Iraqi filmmaker Hiner Saleem’s “If You Die, I’ll Kill You!” is a $2.7 million drama following an ex-convict who gets embroiled in a murder plot after crossing paths with an Iraqi immigrant.

Ocean Films will handle the French release.

Pic stars Jonathan Zaccai (“White as Snow”) and Golshifteh Faharani (“Body of Lies”).

Saleem previously directed Cannes competition title “Kilometre Zero” and Venice’s San Marco prize winner “Vodka Lemon.”

Benisti’s “A Bottle in the Sea of Gaza” is based on Valerie Zenatti’s novel.

A contemporary take on the Romeo and Juliet tale, the film turns on the compromised love relationship between a young Israeli girl and her Palestinian boyfriend.

Produced by French outfit TS Productions, the $3.4 million drama/romance stars Agathe Bonitzer (“The Beautiful Person”) and Hiam Abbass who was nommed for a European Film Award for her perf as a Palestinian widow in “Lemon Tree.”

“TS Productions has a great track record,” said Roissy’s international sales topper Yohann Comte. “With ‘Mademoiselle Chambon’ and ‘Seraphine,’ they’ve proven that they can turn modestly-budgeted films into critical and commercial successes.”

“Gaza” will be released in France by Diaphana.

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