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Elle Driver's slate ranges from royalty to grindhouse

EXCLUSIVE: Cutting-edge French sales and finance outfit Elle Driver has boosted its Cannes slate with several new titles including new grindhouse picture Skinny Dip.

Benoît Jacquot’s Marie Antoinette project Farewell My Queen takes a look at the famed royal through the eyes of her young reader just as the revolution is brewing in the summer of 1789. The sexy triumvirate of Diane Kruger [pictured], Léa Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen star in the historical drama which shoots this month. Ad Vitam has French distribution rights.

The company is also handling Skinny Dip, a grindhouse action picture from Frankie Latina and starring Sasha Grey, Danny Trejo, Pam Grier and Brigitte Nielsen. When Holly Haven takes a dare to go skinny dipping in stormy waters, she washes up at the wrong bonfire and becomes the unwitting centerpiece of the local football team’s “freshman initiation.” When the jocks get off with a slap on the wrist, Holly kills the cop responsible, steals her uniform and sets off on her hog armed with a Billy club, service revolvers and her savvy to avenge herself even further.

Next up is the new film from Eran Riklis, Playoff, the story of legendary Israeli basketball coach Max Stoller. Danny Huston and Amira Casar star in the Egoli Tossell Film, Topia Communications and Fidélité Films production. A promo reel will be available of the film which is in English, German, Hebrew and Turkish.

Hut In The Woods by Edukators director Hans Weingartner is a drama about two misfit boys who find each other and build a hut in the woods to create a new life. Their daily struggle for survival creates a strong bond between them until the hut is destroyed and one of the boys carted off. The former psychiatric patient is told that his friend was just a figment of his imagination but this provokes him to fight back and prove the boy’s existence. Elle Driver has a promo.

Emanuele Crialese’s Terra Ferma is the story of an uncontaminated Sicilian island inhabited mainly by fishermen dealing with the arrival of tourism which forces them to make difficult decisions that will affect their lives forever.

Omar Killed Me, the second feature from Roschdy Zem about ta wrongly imprisoned man in Marseilles. Sami Bouajila and Denis Podalydes star.

Gulherme de Ávila and José de Abreu star in Marcos Bernstein’s Brazilian drama My Sweet Orange Tree about a young boy who, despite his good intentions, often finds himself in trouble and suffering at the hands of his father’s spankings. The boy takes refuge in his imagination where he develops a relationship with a talking orange tree sapling he has conjured in his mind. The project, currently in post-production, is based on the bestseller Meu Pé De Laranja Lima.

Dutch comedy New Kids Turbo, already a smash in its home country and in Germany, is a comedy about a band of unemployed, frustrated guys who decide to never pay for anything again. When a TV crew starts following them, they become a national phenomenon.

Also among Elle Driver’s slate are Spanish psychological thriller Bunker from director Andres Baiz (co-sold with Fox); French ensemble comedy Love The Boat by Pascale Pouzadoux; French comedy Sideway, a meet-cute-meets-rollercoaster-night picture starring Fred Testot and Leila Bekhti; French-Romanian project Of Snails And Men about a group of union workers who try to save their jobs by raising money donating sperm and the UK comedy Hysteria about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England and starring Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rupert Everett and Jonathan Pryce.

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