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Jeunet’s ‘Spivet’ World Preems at San Sebastian

Gaumont's 3D debut closes Spanish festival

MADRID — Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s anticipated “The Young and Prodigious Spivet” will world premiere Sept. 28 at the San Sebastian Festival, closing the Spanish festival.

Jeunet, Helena Bonham-Carter and Kyle Catlett, who plays Spivet, will attend the world debut of “Spivet,” which also stars Judy Davis.

Reserving the world premiere for San Sebastian, Gallic mini-major Gaumont – which associate produced “Spivet,” distributes in France and sells internationally – is looking to repeat at least some of the extraordinary success of “The Intouchables.”

World preeming at San Sebastian in 2011 to a generally upbeat reception, the juggernaut comedy went on to open in France, grossing $166.1 million. At least as extraordinary, it went on to gross $250.3 million in the rest of foreign, trashing the by-now industry cliche that comedies won’t perform outside their country of origin.

Jeunet’s first English-language movie since 1997’s “Alien: Ressurection,” and harking back to “Amelie” in its whimsy and focus on a naïf protagonist, “Spivet” turns on a 10-year-old boy who lives on his family farm in rural Montana. Winning a prize from Washington, D.C.’s, Smithsonian Museum for an invention, he sets off alone on a freight train to cross the U.S. to collect his award. Written with long-term co-scribe Guillaume Laurant and Gaumont’s first 3D movie, “Spivet” will receive a big push in France on its Oct. 16 theatrical bow, with Gaumont inking a deal with Imax Corp. to digitally remaster “Spivet” and release on Imax 3D.

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