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Cannes: M-appeal Picks Up Michael Mayer’s ‘Happy Times’ (EXCLUSIVE)

M-appeal has acquired world sales rights to Michael Mayer’s dark comedy “Happy Times,” and will present the film to buyers at Cannes. Mayer’s debut feature, “Out in the Dark,” world premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, sold to more than 40 countries, and screened at more than 125 festivals, winning 27 awards.

“Happy Times” centers on a Shabbat dinner at a swanky Hollywood Hills mansion, over the course of which a toxic mix of alcohol, egos, cultural differences, lust and greed derails the evening as secrets are revealed, relationships get tested and bodies become endangered.

The screenplay was written by Guy Ayal and Mayer, who describes the film as “a crazy mix of comedy and violence, with ‎outrageous performances.”

The pic stars Stéfi Celma, best known for Netflix series “Call My Agent!,” Michael Aloni, who appeared in Mayer’s “Out in the Dark” and Keren Ben Rafael’s “Virgins,” Liraz Chamami, and Mike Burstyn, who appeared in the series “Juda.”

Paola Porrini Bisson of Oh!Pen Productions is producing the film with Tomer Almagor of Urban Tales Productions. Porrini Bisson produced Tribeca winner “The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars,” “A Musical Imprinting” and “Trees That Walk,” all penned by Erri De Luca, who is an executive producer on “Happy Times.”

Mayer’s previous credits include the short “Fireworks” and the documentary “Driving Men.”

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