Ambitious line-up for Pathé International in Toronto
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French sales agent is betting on three particular films in Toronto, including the world premiere of Alice Winocour’s Proxima
Great business in sight for the international sales division of the Pathé group behind the scenes of the 44th Toronto International Film Festiva (from 5 to 15 September) where the team, led by Marie-Laure Montironi, will be negotiating for, among others, three titles selected at the festival.
Among them, Proxima [+see also:
interview: Alice Winocour
film profile] from the French director Alice Winocour stands out. The film will have its world premiere on 7 September in the Platform competition before joining the Official Competition at the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival (from 20 to 28 September). Starring Eva Green and Matt Dillon, the feature (handled by production company Dharamsala) centres on Sarah, a French astronaut who is about to leave Earth for a mission set to last a year, called Proxima. While she is follows the intense training imposed to all astronauts, Sarah, the only woman among many men, gets ready most of all to be separated from her 8-year-old daughter… Pathé will be handing the French release set for 27 November.
Two other films from the line-up of Pathé International will be screened in the Special Presentations programme: Judy [+see also:
film profile], from English director Rupert Goold (starring American actor Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland), which just had its world premiere in Telluride; and La Belle époque [+see also:
interview: Nicolas Bedos
film profile], from French director Nicolas Bedos, which will have its North-American premiere just a few months after screening out of competition in Cannes and before its French release on 6 November.
The line-up also includes features, now in production: Eiffel, from French director Martin Bourboulon (read the news - with Romain Duris and Emma Mackey) and Coda, from American director Sian Heder (revealed in Sundance 2016 with Tallulah). This English-language remake of French success The Bélier Family [+see also:
film profile] is produced by Patrick Wachsberger for Picture Perfect Entertainment and by Philippe Rousselet and Fabrice Gianfermi for Vendôme Group (which last May signed a three-year partnership deal with Pathé Films to develop and produce films in the English language).
In Toronto, Pathé International will also continue working on pre-sales for features in post-production: Petit pays from French director Eric Barbier (read the news), Le Meilleur reste à venir (The Best Is Yet to Come) from French filmmakers Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière (read the news - starring Fabrice Luchini and Patrick Bruel - French release set for 4 December), Misbehaviour from English director Philippa Lowthrope (with Keira Knightley in the lead role) and Benedetta from the Dutch Paul Verhoeven (read the news - producer Saïd Ben Saïd just announced the director’s return to the editing table, after an interruption due to medical reasons). Finally, sales will continue for Franco-Italian animated feature The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily [+see also:
interview: Lorenzo Mattotti
film profile] directed by Lorenzo Mattotti (unveiled in Cannes, in the Un Certain Regard section, and which will be released in French cinemas by Pathé on 6 November).
(Translated from French)
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