Cannes: Julie Delpy Comedy a Hit With Buyers (EXCLUSIVE)

Julie Delpy’s comeback to French cinema “Lolo,” a comedy in which she stars opposite Dany Boon (“Welcome to the Cht’is”), Karin Viard (“Polisse”) and Vincent Lacoste (“Hippocrate”), is selling massively at Cannes.

Wild Bunch reps the film and unveiled a promo at Cannes, yielding pre-sales in over 25 territories, including Germany (NFP/Warner Bros.), Benelux (Belga), Turkey (Bir), Israel (Eden Cinema), Switzerland (Impulse), Greece (Feelgood), Lusomdundo (Portugal), Hong Kong (Edko), Scandinavia (Non-Stop Entertainment), Poland (Kino Swiat), Brazil (Mares Filmes).

Now in post, the movie toplines Delpy as a 40-year-old workaholic who falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene (Boon), while on a spa retreat with her best friend (Viard). The promising romance starts to unravel when Jean-Rene meets her cherished 20-year-old son, Lolo (Lacoste), and discovers their unusual relationship.

Carole Baraton, head of international sales at Wild Bunch, said her team has received offers for the U.K. and Australia. CAA reps U.S. rights.

“Because she has lived in the U.S. for so long, Julie Delpy is truly bi-cultural and has a transatlantic sense of humor that obviously charms distributors and can click with international audiences,” said Baraton.

Michael Gentile produced the movie via his Paris-based outfit the Film. Mars will release it in France in Oct.28.

Gentile is also producing “Rosalie Blum, the anticipated directorial debut of Julien Rappeneau, the screenwriter of Cannes player “Zulu,” “Largo Winch” and “Zulu.”

A comicbook adaptation, “Rosalie Blum” starts Noemie Lvovsky (“Camille Redouble”), Kyan Khojandi (“Bref”), Alice Isaaz (“La Creme de la Creme”) and Anemone.

“Rosalie Blum” will be released in early 2016.

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