Montreal-based distributor Remstar has picked up Canadian rights to Jacob Berger's Aime Ton Pere (Honour Thy Father), currently in post-production.
The feature debut of writer-director Berger, the $5m suspense drama sees the reunion of father and son actors Gerard and Guillaume Depardieu in starring roles. The story follows the plan of a 28 year-old son who decides to kidnap his father and force him to appreciate the inexplicable pain the son carried since childhood. The tripartite co-production is financed by Canada's Transfilm, France's GMT Productions and the UK's The Spice Factory. It shot in France and Canada.
Remstar has also picked up Carole Giacobbi's Polyesterday, a $6.3m thriller currently in pre-production, to be filmed in Montreal. Jonny Lee Miller and Rhys Ifans star opposite Selma Blair in a story of a young woman who tries to uncover the murder of her unknown father only to find herself in a tangled web of her own making. Polyesterday is a Canada/UK co-production between Transfilm and The Spice Factory. Release dates for both features are slated for 2003.
Remstar also picked up the $7.6m TV mini-series Jean Moulin, also produced by Transfilm, GMT and the Spice Factory. A tale of reluctant member of the French Resistance, the production shoots in Montreal later this month.
Remstar earlier acquired rights to the Depardieu-co-produced mini-series Napoleon which wrapped production in Canada in February. Depardieu also appears in the production in supporting role.