Films Sans Frontieres has taken all rights for France on Israeli helmer Avi Nesher’s “The Matchmaker.”
Paris-based FSF will release it theatrically on at least 20 prints.
France is the second big territory seduced by “Matchmaker,” after North America: Menemsha Entertainment will release “Matchmaker” in the U.S. this spring, and Video Services Corp. secured all rights to Canada.
A romantic dramedy told in flashback from 2006, the coming-of-age tale concerns a teenager who spends a life-changing summer in Haifa in 1968 working for a professional matchmaker who’s a Holocaust survivor.
Based on Amir Gutfreund’s book “When Heroes Fly” and well reviewed — Variety called it “a memory play gold-dusted with adolescent longing and a strong sense of fable” — “Matchmaker” was among the highest-grossing films in Israel last year and sold some 300,000 tix.
It played in the Toronto fest’s Contemporary World Cinema section and the Palm Springs Film Festival, and won Israeli Film and TV Academy Awards for actor (Adir Miller) and actress (Maya Dagan).
“Matchmaker” was selected as one of 2010’s 10 best films by the Jerusalem Post, and was the only Israeli film on the list.
Nesher’s 2004 “Turn Left at the End of the World,” about immigrants in Israel, won the audience award at Taormina.