Ken Scott’s “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” has lured a flurry of foreign distributors in the run up to the American Film Market, where TF1 Intl. is shopping the pic.
The colorful comedy-adventure film, which shot in English and is now in post-production, stars Indian actor Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Erin Moriarty (“Blood Father”) and Abel Jafri (“Timbuktu”).
Sony Pictures Releasing Intl. acquired the film for for France and the U.K. in July. Before AFM, TF1 Intl. pre-sold the pic to Italy (Notorious), Spain (A Contracorriente), Australia (Icon), Japan (Tohokushinsha Film Corp.), Poland (Best Film), Greece (Odeon), Israel (Lev Cinema), Turkey (Yeni Film), Portugal (Lusomundo), AQS (Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Falcon (Middle East).
The film was adapted from Romain Puértolas’ novel “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages. Pic follows a hustler from Mumbai who embarks on an extraordinary voyage across Europe in search of his estranged father.
One of the most anticipated international film being shopped at the AFM, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” was penned by Puértolas and Luc Bossi, who is also producing via his Paris-based company Brio Films.
Vamonos Films, Little Red Car Films, Scope Pictures, M! Capital Ventures, Impact Films and Aurora Global Media Capital are also co-producing the pic.