Cannes: MK2 Back With Stephane Brize for ‘Une Vie’ (EXCLUSIVE)

MK2, France’s leading arthouse exhibitor and international sales company, has boarded Stephane Brize’s “Une Vie,” an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel.

The project is Brize’s follow-up to Cannes’ competition player “The Measure of a Man,” which marks the helmer’s debut in Cannes’ official selection and his first time collaborating with MK2.

“Une Vie” is a 19th century-set film starring Judith Chemla as a young aristocrat from the French provinces determine to experience life to the fullest in a story spanning 20 years. As with Brize’s previous movies, the cast is made up of well-known French stars, including Jalil Lespert, Jean Pierre Darroussin and Yolanda Moreau.

TS Prods. is producing the $7.9 million movie, which is set to shoot in two parts, starting this summer and picking up next winter.

MK2, which pulled out of production and distribution a year and a half ago to focus on exhibition and international sales, has its largest-ever presence at Cannes with six movies playing at the fest. Besides Brize’s film, MK2 reps Jia Zhang Ke’s “Mountains May Depart,” also in competition; Naomi Kawase’s Un Certain Regard opener “An”;  Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Journey to the Shore,” in Un Certain Regard; Robert Guediguian’s “Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad,” in special screening; and Marcel Carne’s “North Hotel” in Cannes Classics.

Juliette Schrameck, head of international sales at MK2, said the company is still occasionally involved in co-production for certain projects, such as “Mountains May Depart.”

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