‘The Brats’ Charms International Distribs

Gaumont pic was a local sleeper hit

PARIS — After proving to be a local sleeper hit, Anthony Marciano’s “The Brats” (“Les Gamins”), a high-concept comedy toplining Alain Chabat (“Houba! On The Trail of the Marsupilami”), has conquered international distributors.

Co-produced and repped by Gaumont, pic has sold to Brazil (Mares Filmes), Canada (Niagara Films), Australia/New Zealand (Rialto), Germany (NFP), Switerland (JMH), Greece (StraDa), Italy (Made in Italy), Benelux (Victory), Portugal (Lusomundo), New Caledonia (Trident), Bulgaria (A Plus), Poland (Vivarto), Czech Republic (Hollywood Classic Ent.), CIS ( Top Film distribution), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Middle East (Four Star) and Turkey (Filma LTD).

Set in Paris, “Brats” turns on a man caught up in a midlife crisis (Chabat) who unexpectedly bonds with his daughter’s fiance (Max Boublil), while trying by every mean to drive him away. It’s produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende Films, which is partly owned by Gaumont.

“Brats” has been a major French B.O. success, grossing over €10 million; and so far ranks as this year’s fourth highest-grossing local-language film.

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Meanwhile, Legende has recently launched production on Rose Bosch’s “Our Summer in Provence” (“Avis de Mistral”), a 70’s-set coming-of-age dramedy starring vet thesp Jean Reno (“The Chef”), Charlotte de Turckheim (“Mince alors”) and Italian actress Anna Galiena (“Jamon Jamon”).

“Provence” turns on two teens and their little brother who, amid their parents’ separation, visit their estranged grand-father in the South of France. Over the course of a summer, they discover their grand-father is much edgier than expected, and the family grows closer together.

“It’s a feel-good, tender comedy exploring family ties and the misunderstandings or misconceptions that can exist between different generations,” Goldman told Variety. “We’re also following these three children as they experience love for the first time, as well as the dangers of hanging out with the wrong friends.”

Pic is lensing on location in the South of France. Gaumont will release it domestically and rep it in international markets.

Bosch’s latest film, the WWII-set “The Round-up,” sold to nearly all key territories and grossed $25.3 million worldwide.

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