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Senator fervid for French fare

'Devil's Knot,' 'Tracers,' 'Happiness' among Cannes pickups

BERLIN — Senator Film is stocking up on Gallic laffers following its success with “The Intouchables” while also betting on high-profile English-language films.

At the Cannes Film Market, the Berlin-based distrib nabbed Atom Egoyan’s thriller “Devil’s Knot,” starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, and Daniel Benmayor’s parkour actioner “Tracers,” with Taylor Lautner.

Buoyed by the unprecedented success of “The Intouchables,” which has become the biggest earner at the German box office this year with more than $73 million, Senator also picked up James Huth’s romantic comedy “Un bonheur n’arrive jamais seul” (Happiness Never Comes Alone), starring Sophie Marceau and Gad Elmaleh (“Midnight in Paris”), and “FBI,” starring Kad Merad (“Welcome to the Sticks”).

This year Senator is releasing David Charhon’s “De l’autre cote du periph” (On the Other Side of the Freeway), toplining “Intouchables” star Omar Sy, and Daniel Cohen’s “Comme un chef” (The Chef), with Jean Reno.

In addition, the distrib also took Wayne Blair’s Australian musical drama “The Sapphires,” which screened out of competition in Cannes.

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