LONDON — The first image has been released from Saul Dibb’s keenly anticipated pic “Suite Francaise,” which was acquired by The Weinstein Company for the U.S., Latin America, Australia, Russia and Germany.
The film, which completed principal photography Sept. 2, stars Michelle Williams (“My Week with Marilyn”), Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone”), Kristin Scott Thomas (“Only God Forgives”), and Sam Riley (“On the Road”).
Set in 1940s France and based on Irene Nemirovsky’s best-seller, the pic follows Lucile Angellier as she awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war. When a regiment of German soldiers take up residence in the village, Lucile’s life is turned upside down.
The pic, which was adapted for the screen by Dibb (“The Duchess”) and co-writer Matt Charman, is produced by Xavier Marchand for eOne and Romain Bremond for TF1. Qwerty Films’ Michael Kuhn and Andrea Cornwell also take producing credits, and Harvey Weinstein is executive producer, alongside BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
The pic will be released in France by TF1, while eOne will handle direct distribution in U.K., Spain and Canada. As mentioned, TWC has U.S. rights, as well as distribution rights in Latin America, Australia, Russia and Germany. Sales agent TF1 International has also sold the film in Benelux (Dutch Film Works), Scandinavia (Nordisk Film), Switzerland (Pathe), Israel (Lev Cinema) and Portugal (Lusomundo), and is in advanced negotiations for the other territories.
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The talent behind the camera is as strong as the cast: the composer is Alexandre Desplat (“Argo”), production designer is Michael Carlin (“The Duchess”), costume designer is Michael O’Connor (“The Duchess,” “Jane Eyre”), hair and make-up designer is Jenny Shircore (“Elizabeth,” “The Young Victoria”), editor is Chris Dickens (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and director of photography is Eduard Grau (“A Single Man”).