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Cannes: Other Angle Rolls Out ‘Lives,‘ ‘Blind Date’

French sales company suggests Cannes market has depth

CANNES – Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, one of France’s most mainstream sales agents, has closed multiple deals, major territories included, on its flagship Cannes titles “Lives in Secret” and “Blind Date.”

Starring Tim Roth and Kelly Reilly (“True Detective”) and produced by Eliot Jenkins and “Resident Evil’s” Jeremy Bolt, “Lives” has closed Australia (Vendetta) and Latin America (CDC), of major territories. Directed by Emmy winner John Hay (“Stig of the Dump,” “There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble”), “Lives” also clinched Turkey (Fabula), South Africa (MNet), Poland (Kino Swiat), Middle East (Falcon) and the former Yugoslavia (21 Films). The U.K., France, Belgium and Japan are in advanced talks, said Oliver Albou, who heads up Other Angle with Laurence Schonberg.

Based on true events, “Lives” centers on WWII British intelligence officer Vera Atkins’ interrogation of her Gestapo counterpart over the fate of women spies sent to Occupied France. It is early fruit of Other Angle’s effort to represent international English-language titles, a business the company aims to grow.

Directed by Sam Friedlander and written by Mike Sikowitz, “Larry Gaye, Renegade Male Flight Attendant,” starring Mark Feuerstein (“Royal Pains”), Rebecca Romijn (“X-Men”) and Stanley Tucci (“The Devil Wears Prada”) has clinched deals for France (Recidive), Germany (Ascot Elite), South Africa (MNet), the Middle East (Front Row), Turkey (Fabula) and the former Yugoslavia (2i Films).

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The “Blind Date” sales offer further vindication, if it were needed, of Other Angle’s core biz: French comedies, established from the get-go when Other Angle launched in 2009 at the UniFrance Rendez-vous touting Jean Baptiste’s debut “The First Star,” one of France’s early comedy breakouts abroad.

Produced by Cine Nomine and Orange Studio, and starring and directed by thesp Clovis Cornillac (“Asterix at the Olympic Games,” “Eden Log”), “Blind Date” is a romantic comedy starring Cornillac and Melanie Bernier (“The Brats”).

Cornillac’s movie has closed Germany (Pandastorm), Australia (Vendetta), Korea (Raon), Mexico (Nueva Era), Belgium (Victory), Switzerland (JMH), Turkey (Fabula), Hungary (Cinetel), Taiwan (Flash Forward), Middle East (Shooting Stars) and Portugal (Films 4u).

Cornillac’s directorial debut, “Date” centers on two neighbors – he’s a jigsaw puzzle inventor who needs absolute peace; she’s a successful pianist and can’t live without music — who live on two sides of a very thin wall and start a relationship without seeing each other.

Paramount Pictures France bowed “Blind Date” May 6 to a about $1.2 million first week gross. It currently ranks fourth in French charts. World premiering in the U.S., “Blind Date” picked up the Audience Award at April’s 2015 COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles. Other Angle is now engaged in multiterritory remake discussions, Albou said.

In further deals, “The Art Dealer,” from Francois Margolin (“Flight of the Red Balloon”), will be released by Menemsha Films in the U.S. It has also sold to Australia (Palace Films) and Canada (K Films).

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