×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cannes: Mister Smith Acquires Claude Lelouch’s ‘Un Plus Une’ (EXCLUSIVE)

India-set romantic drama stars ‘The Artist’s” Jean Dujardin

LONDON – Marking its first big French auteur pickup, David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales at the Cannes Festival on “Un plus une,” the latest film from Academy Award-winning Claude Lelouch (“A Man and a Woman,” “Les Unes et les autres”).

Starring Jean Dujardin, who became the first French thesp to win a best actor Academy Award, for his performance in “The Artist,” “Un plus une” is produced by Lelouch, Samuel and Victor Hadida, and Marc Dujardin. The Hadida brothers’ Metropolitan Films, one of France’s biggest and most respected indie distributors, will release “Un plus une” in France on Dec. 9.

Mister Smith’s pickup also marks the first time an international sales company is handling a Lelouch title. Now in post-production, “Un plus une” knits many of Lelouch’s hallmarks since he broke through to fame in 1966, winning a Cannes Palme d’Or and two Oscars for “A Man and a Woman”: romance, locations – the movie was shot in Mumbai, Benares and New Delhi — and a French star cast. It centers on Antoine, a successful and charming film composer, who travels to India to work on an original Bollywood retelling of Romeo and Juliet who falls for Anna, a woman who’s his complete opposite but finds him irresistible. Together they will embark on an astonishing journey.

Garrett commented: “We are honored to be presenting the latest work from such an iconic filmmaker with such a prestigious ensemble of French actors. We have a long and happy history of working with Samuel and Victor and are delighted they have entrusted us with ‘Un plus une.’”

Samuel and Victor Hadida added: “We are thrilled to be working with Claude Lelouch, a master of world cinema, on this celebratory film, 50 years after his chef d’oeuvre ‘A Man and a Woman,” winner of both an Academy Award and the Cannes Palme d’Or.  And we are doubly thrilled to be working with our friends at Mister Smith to bring this film to worldwide audiences.”

The winner of a best supporting actress Cesar Award for her role opposite Kristin Scott-Thomas in “I Loved You So Long,” Elsa Zylberstein plays Anna. Also starring in “Un plus une,” Alice Poi played opposite Dany Boon in 2014 blockbuster “Supercondriac.” Christopher Lambert (“Highlander”) has acted for Luc Besson and Michael Cimino and will next star in “Hail, Caesar!,” from Joel and Ethan Coen.

Jointly owned by Garrett and Broad Green Pictures and representing DreamWorks Studios films for Europe, which are distributed in France by Metropolitan FilmExport, Mister Smith’s upcoming features include biopic “Race,” about Olympic athlete Jesse Owens, being released April 8, 2016; “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” starring  Stephen Fry, Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel in the true story of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar; “Equals,” a futuristic love story where emotions have been eradicated, starring Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult and Guy Pearce; and “Brain on Fire,” starring Dakota Fanning and Will Poulter and with producers including Charlize Theron.

In addition to “Un plus une,” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” Metropolitan’s FilmExport’s upcoming lineup includes Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” which plays in Cannes competition this year; Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG”; and a production of Metropolitan sister company Davis Films, Gilles Legrand’s “Scent of Mandarin,” starring Olivier Gourmet.

More Film

  • Zach Galifianakis Jerry Seinfeld Netflix

    Film News Roundup: Zach Galifianakis' 'Between Two Ferns: The Movie' Coming to Netflix

    In today’s film news roundup, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is unveiled, “Friedkin Uncut” gets a fall release and Sony Classics buys “The Traitor” at Cannes. MOVIE RELEASES Netflix has set a Sept. 20 release date for Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,” based on his 11-year-old talk show. Galifianakis made the announcement during [...]

  • Romanian Crime-Thriller 'The Whistlers' Bought for

    Romanian Crime-Thriller 'The Whistlers' Bought for North America

    Magnolia Pictures has bought North American rights to the Romanian crime thriller “The Whistlers” following its premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, the film stars Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Antonio Buil, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, Julieta Szonyi and George Pisterneanu. Magnolia is eyeing a theatrical [...]

  • Naomi Scott Talks Rebooting Princess Jasmine

    'Aladdin': Naomi Scott on Why Her Princess Jasmine Needed Nasim Pedrad's New Character

    Call Naomi Scott the queen of the reboot – or at least, the princess. The 26-year-old actress is taking on the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” but it’s not her first time jumping into a role that’s already been well-established. Audiences may recognize Scott from 2017’s “Power Rangers” update, where [...]

  • Moby Natalie Portman

    Moby Accuses Natalie Portman of Lying as the Two Spar Over Dating Claims

    In what’s become a he said/she said spat in multiple mediums, Moby, the elder statesman of electronic music, is now accusing actress Natalie Portman of lying and pleading to those on social media for his safety as “physical threats from complete strangers” emerge. To recap: this month, Moby released a new book, “Then It All [...]

  • A QUIET PLACE Emily Blunt

    'A Quiet Place' Sequel Moves Ahead Two Months to March 2020

    Paramount Pictures has moved its sequel to “A Quiet Place” ahead by two months from May 15 to March 20, 2020. John Krasinski is returning to direct the still-untitled movie with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprising their roles. Cillian Murphy is joining the cast. “A Quiet Place” grossed $340 million at the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content