EOne grabs U.S. rights for ‘Starbuck’

Montreal-set comedy was highest-grossing Canada title in 2011

TORONTO — Entertainment One has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to Ken Scott’s Montreal-set family comedy “Starbuck,” recipient of aud awards at the recent Santa Barbara and Palm Springs fests, the Canada-headquartered company announced Tuesday.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Andre Rouleau over the years and we couldn’t be more delighted to bring this film to the U.S.” said eOne Films North America prexy David Reckziegel in a statement. “This is truly a modern feel-good movie that will be appreciated by audiences worldwide.”

Starbuck” has already grossed more than $3.5 million in Canada, making it the highest grossing domestic title of 2011. The French-language pic, which stars Patrick Huard as a man who discovers he’s the biological father of 533 children, opened in Quebec last July and was a Gala at the Toronto film festival last September.

The eOne international sales team recently announced sales to Benelux (Imagine), France (Diaphana), Spain (Vertigo/Wildbunch), Switzerland, German & Austria (Ascot Elite), Japan (Klockworks, Comstock), Israel (Nachshon) and Airlines (Cinesky). EOne has the pic in Australia and Canada.

A U.S. release date will be announced in the coming weeks.

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