PARIS — Gaumont and LGM, which partnered on Cesar-winning comedy hit “My, Myself and Mum,” are back on board with “We Were Young,” a ensemble dramedy by Philippe Guillard (“Jo’s Boy”).
Co-producing and handling international sales, Gaumont will unveil the project at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris.
The film will star Kad Merad (“The Chorus”), Benoît Magimel (“Little White Lies”), Charles Berling (“What’s in a Name?”) and Vincent Moscato (“Ruby & Quentin”) as middle-aged friends who set off to fulfill their teenage dreams.
Gaumont is pitching “We Were Young” as a feel-good and tender ode to friendship in the spirit of “Little White Lies” and “The Barbarian Invasions.”
The French release is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.
Guillard’s last film, “Jo’s Boy” (“Le fils a Jo”), a tightly budgeted drama starring Olivier Marchal, was a sleeper hit in France, where it earned an estimated $9.3 million.
LGM, one of France’s best-established outfits, has notably produced Guillaume Gallienne’s “Me, Myself and Mum,” a commercial and critical hit that won five Cesar nods, and Fred Cavaye’s thriller “Point Blank.”
At the Unifrance Rendez-Vous, Gaumont will also start pre-selling Jerome Enrico’s “Cerise,” the young helmer’s follow-up to comedy “Paulette.”
Boasting a fish-out-of-water concept, “Cerise” centers on a frivolous, fun-seeking teenager who grew up in the Paris suburbs and finds herself exiled in Ukraine.
Set for an April release in France, “Cerise” stars Zoe Adjani-Vallat and Jonathan Zaccaï. It’s produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende, the outfit behind Jean Dujardin starrer “La French” and “La Vie en Rose” with Marion Cotillard. Legende also produced “Paulette,” which earned €6.7 million ($6.9 million) in France and became one of Germany’s highest-grossing French films in 2013.