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.”