PARIS– In the run-up to its competition unspooling at Berlin, arthouse shingle Films Boutique has snatched up international sales rights to critically aclaimed Japanese helmer Sabu’s “Chasuke’s Journey” from Paris-based Backup.
A bold Berlin competition entry, “Chasuke’s Journey” is produced by Shozo Ichiyama at high-profile Japanese outfit Office Kitano. Shochiku will release it domestically.
“Chasuke’s Journey” is one of Backup’s two movies set to world premiere in competition at Berlin. The second title, Benoit Jacquot’s anticipated “Diary of a Chambermaid,” is an adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s novel toplining France’s rising star Lea Seydoux (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”).
“It’s a surprising and unique film that was very challenging for us to make, so we salute Berlin for going off the beaten path and choosing to showcase it in competition,” said the producer Shozo Ichiyama.
Backup has also come on board to co-finance Kike Maillo’s upscale Spanish thriller “Toro” and Ali Abbasi’s horror film “Shelley.”
“The radical diversity of these films illustrates our love for films and filmmakers, and I guess that is what makes us special as financiers… and makes us feel like Jean-Claude Van Damme doing a split,” quipped Backup partner David Atlan-Jackson, who founded the company with Jean-Baptiste Babin and Joel Thibout.
“Toro,” produced by Apache, marks director Kike Maillo’s follow-up to feature debut robot movie “Eva.” Film Factory is handling sales to the pic, which is due to start shooting at the end of the month.