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French Companies Back Amos Gitai’s New Drama

LGM and Les Films du Worso, two of France’s top shingles, are set to co-produce Amos Gitai’s “Le Dernier jour de Rabin,” a hot-button drama centering around on the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Budget around $4.6 million, the movie, whose plot is still under wraps, will shed light on events leading up to Rabin’s murder, which was perpetrated by a Jewish law student in 1995.

Jean-Baptiste Dupont, co-founder of LGM with Cyril Colbeau-Justin, said both outfits were in discussions with various international sales agents. Dupont is attending the AFM to meet potential U.S. and European partners.

“Yitzhak Rabin was an exceptionally inspiring leader who had a vision for peace which remains rare to this day,” said Pialat and Dupont, who added the movie was a passion project for Gitai.

Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte is on board to co-produce and distribute in France.

A critically aclaimed, yet controversial helmer, Gitai is best-known for helming “Free Zone,” “Kedma,” Kippur” and “Kadosh,” which competed at Cannes.

“Rabin” is co-written by Gitai and Marie-Jose Sanselme, the director’s scribe partner on “Kippur” and “Free Zone.”

LGM’s recent credits include Guillaume Gallienne’s “Me, Myself and Mum,” one of last year’s biggest hits in France and which won a record five Cesars; while Les Films du Worso had Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” playing in competition at Cannes.

“Rabin” will start shooting in early 2015.

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