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Pierre Niney Starrer ‘A Perfect Man’ Sells to Key Markets

PARIS — SND has inked a flurry of sales on Yann Gozlan’s “A Perfect Man” (“Un Homme Ideal”), the French Riviera-set thriller toplining rising French star Pierre Niney.

“A Perfect Man,” which is premiering at COLCOA, the City of Light City of Angels film festival, was picked up by Lusomundo (Portugal), A Contracorriente (Spain), Canada (A-Z Films), Seed (South Korea), Scandinavia (Studio S) and Russia (Channel One).

The thriller is now in advanced negotiations for Japan, Benelux and airlines, according to Charlotte Boucon, international sales topper at SND.

Produced by WY Productions and 2425 Films, “A Perfect Man” stars Niney as an aspiring writer whose love for a woman and limitless ambition drive him toward a deadly path. While at COLCOA in Los Angeles, Gozlan — who wrote the script with Guillaume Lemans (“Point Blank”) in collaboration with Gregoire Vigneron (“I Do”) — said his main reference for the script was Patricia Highsmith, the author of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Strangers on a Train.”

“Patricia Highsmith knew how to give even the most flawed characters a human dimension which made them relatable, and that’s what I attempted to do with the character of Mathieu Vasseur (played by Niney),” explained Gozlan.

Niney, who won this year’s Cesar award for his performance in Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent,” said he was immediately drawn to the script of “A Perfect Man” because of its Hitchcockian elements.

“A Perfect Man” has had a healthy run at the local box office, grossing over 4 million euros ($4.3 million) since opening on March 18.

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