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Audrey Tautou’s ‘Chinese Puzzle’ Gets U.S. Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

Cohen Media planning early 2014 release

Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. release rights to “Chinese Puzzle,” the third film in writer-director Cedric Klapisch’s “Spanish Apartment” series.

The romantic comedy-drama, which stars Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Kelly Reilly, will be released theatrically in early 2014.

The film is produced by Ce qui me meut/Bruno Levy and co-produced by Studiocanal and France 2 Cinema in France, and Panache Productions and La Cie Cinematographique — RTBF in Belgium. Studiocanal is also selling the film worldwide.

Klapisch’s series began with 2002’s “Spanish Apartment,” in which a French international finance student named Xavier (Duris) left his girlfriend (Tautou) to move Barcelona to learn Spanish. In 2005’s “Russian Dolls,” the student was trying to make it as a writer, traveling between Paris and London and juggling the women in his life.

In “Chinese Puzzle,” Xavier is still looking to find his place in the world and after the mother of his children moves to New York with the kids, the heartsick Xavier goes after them.

In addition to Duris, Tautou and Reilly, recurring stars in all three films include Cecile de France and Kevin Bishop.

“Puzzle” is shot in New York and largely in English.

“Sapnish Apartment” grossed $31 million worldwide, including $3.8 million Stateside when it was released by Fox Searchlight. “Dolls” grossed $23.7 million and was distributed by IFC in the U.S.

(Elsa Keslassy contributed to this report)

 

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