The Franco-American Cultural Fund has unveiled the roster for the 17th City of Lights, City of Angels film fest that runs April 15-22 in LA. The French film showcase is presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a partnership of the DGA, WGAW, MPAA and France’s SACEM. Danièle Thompson’s comedy It Happened In Saint Tropez will open the festival. Co-written by Thompson and her son and frequent collaborator, Christopher Thompson, the film stars Kad Merad and Monica Bellucci. The two closing night films are being kept under wraps until April 15. Among other highlights are Pathé’s box office hit Jappeloup, a biopic of showjumper Pierre Durand, written by and starring Guillaume Canet; Tribeca selection Cycling With Moliere, starring Lambert Wilson and Fabrice Luchini; Stéphane Brizé’s A Few Hours Of Spring; The Weinstein Co.‘s Mad Men-era Populaire and Philippe Godeau’s 11.6 starring The Intouchables‘ François Cluzet. Among the new additions to the program this year are Focus on a Producer (Anne-Dominique Toussaint and Les Films des Tournelles); the Col-Coa Coming Soon Award which offers a promotional radio campaign to a film with a U.S. distributor; the World Cinema Produced By France series and a series entitled French NeWave 2.0. The films announced today join previously announced vintage titles. Tickets are available online at Colcoa.org and onsite at the DGA. Click over for the full list of titles:
Samuel Goldwyn Films closed U.S. rights to The Whistleblower, the Rachel Weisz-starrer that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Larysa Kondracki directed the drama, which also stars Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn. Weisz plays a cop who takes a peacekeeper job in post-war Bosnia and uncovers a sex trafficking scandal. Pic will be released in August. UTA Independent Film Group’s Rena Ronson brokered the deal. Here is a scene from the film that Deadline previewed at Toronto:
EXCLUSIVE FROM TORONTO: The Whistleblower makes its Toronto premiere tomorrow. Deadline is providing a sneak peek at some of the footage. The film stars Rachel Weisz as Nebraska police officer who takes a job as a United Nations peackeeper assigned to post-war Bosnia. She uncovers a massive scandal and cover-up. Larysa Kondracki directs and Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Straitharn co-star. UTA is selling domestic and Nicolas Chartier is handling foreign.