Frederic Corvez’s Urban Distribution Intl. has waded into Oliver Hermanus’ “Endless River,” a South Africa-set English-language drama toplining French star Nicolas Duvauchelle.
“River,” Hermanus’ follow-up to Un Certain Regard player “Beauty,” stars Duvauchelle as a French ex-pat living in South Africa whose wife and kids get murdered by a gang. The man embarks on a journey to track down the murderer and unexpectedly falls in love with the sister of one of the suspects.
“It’s an original story that’s inspired by sordid cases of rapes and gang-related murders hat have plagued South Africa,” said Corvez.
Pic is produced by Moonlighting Films, co-owned by Didier Costet, whose Paris-based shingle Swift will release the movie in France. Pic, budgeted at about $2.7 million, will be delivered at the end of the year.
In Cannes, Urban Distribution has Kazakh auteur Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s”The Owners” world premiering in a special screening. A satirical tale of two brothers struggling to hold onto their ancestral home, the selection of “The Owners” sparked a controversy in Kazakhstan, where the government pressed Urban Distribution Intl. to pull it out.
“It’s a black comedy that’s burlesque and surrealist — a bit like an Italian satire — and it indirectly addresses issues like local corruption and the lack of justice in Kazakhstan,” explained Corvez, adding that he thought “Cannes (was) a daring festival for selecting a film like this one for the official selection.”
Urban Distribution Intl. is also selling Marianne Tardieu’s feature debut “Insecure” (Qui Vive), a romance with Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”) and Reda Kateb (“Dark Zero Thirty”), which opens in the ACID sidebar .