The gang from L’Auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls is getting back together for director Cédric Klapisch‘s third film in the series, Chinese Puzzle. New York-based Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. rights to the romantic comedy-drama which it will release theatrically in early 2014. Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, Cécile De France and Kevin Bishop reunite for the New York-set film that sees Duris’ heartsick Xavier head to the Big Apple after the mother of his children moves there with the kids. Klapisch had a hit with 2002′s charming L’Auberge Espagnole which was a breakout role for Reilly and one of Tautou’s first pictures following the global success of Amélie. De France won César awards for L’Auberge and also for the 2005 sequel Russian Dolls. Ce Qui Me Meut’s Bruno Levy produced Chinese Puzzle which is co-produced by Studiocanal, France 2 Cinéma and Belgium’s Panache Productions and La Cie Cinématographique – RTBF. Studiocanal is selling internationally. Cohen Media Group’s John Kochman negotiated the deal with Studiocanal’s Vanessa Saal.
Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris fall in love, marry, and endure a most unusual illness in Michel Gondry‘s first French-language feature Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours), which will test the critical cache that’s been slipping since Gondry followed his Oscar-winning 2004 pic Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind with The Science Of Sleep ($15M globally) and Be Kind Rewind ($30.5M). Adapted from Boris Vian’s 1947 novel, Mood Indigo follows on the heels of Gondry’s most recent studio effort, 2011′s modestly performing tentpole Green Hornet. The pic opens in France on April 24 via StudioCanal but has yet to set U.S. distribution.
Audrey Tautou stars in French director Claude Miller’s Therese Desqueyroux, which was the closing-night film this year at Cannes and was Miller final film before he died. MPI Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights here at the Toronto Film Festival and plans a theatrical release in major markets in Spring 2013, followed by VOD and DVD releases. Based on the novel by Francois Mauriac, the redo of the original 1962 Georges Franju pic is a drama that centers on a woman who resorts to extreme measures to escape her suffocating marriage.
Since French director Claude Miller’s death earlier this month, his last film, Thérèse Desqueyroux, has been tipped to be getting a special berth at Cannes. Organizers now confirm it will close the festival on May 27. The film stars Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier. It’s an adaptation of François Mauriac’s novel of the same name. Over Miller’s career, he had 5 films in selection in Cannes. Today the festival said, “By dedicating the closing night to him, the Festival de Cannes, along with his family, friends, producers, and distributors, is very pleased to pay tribute to the memory of Claude Miller.”
Award-winning French director Claude Miller died Wednesday evening at the age of 70, after a months-long battle with cancer. Miller was born in Paris in 1942 and became a fixture of French cinema after beginning his career as an assistant to such legends as Marcel Carné, Robert Bresson, Jacques Demy, Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. His first feature, 1976′s La Meilleure Façon De Marcher (The Best Way To Walk), brought him César nominations for best picture and best director. He then went on to helm such seminal films as 1981′s Garde A Vu (Under Suspicion) with Lino Ventura, Michel Serrault and Romy Schneider; 1983′s Mortelle Randonnée with Isabelle Adjani and again with Serrault; 1988′s La Petite Voleuse (The Little Thief), based on a Truffaut screenplay and 1998′s La Classe De Neige (Class Trip), which won the Jury Prize at Cannes. His more recent films have included 2003′s La Petite Lili, 2007′s Un Secret and 2009′s Je Suis Heureux Que Ma Mère Soit Vivante (I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive). At the time of his death, he had just completed Thérèse Desqueyroux with Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Desmoustier. Over his career he had 5 films in selection in Cannes and this latest picture could make an appearance there as well. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and his Institut Lumière colleague Bertrand Tavernier were among the first to comment via Twitter on Miller’s passing, saying, “He was a filmmaker, a film-lover …