Guillaume Canet's Tell No One, which is headlining EuropaCorp's AFM slate, has enjoyed aspectacular opening in France, posting over 205,000 admissions on its openingday.
The thriller, starring Francois Cluzet, was unveiled to buyers inSanta Monica at a packed screening on Wednesday night. Several territories arealready pre-sold.
Here in Santa Monica, underlining the new-found Gallic enthusiasmfor genre fare, EuropaCorp is introducing buyers to Xavier Gens' $4 million newslasher movie Frontiers,starring Karina Testa and Samuel Le Bihan, as well as Taxi 4, the $25 million sequel to the earlierhits which is now in post.
Commenting on new titles in EuropaCorp's AFM slate, Europa'sGregoire Melin acknowledged that some of the newer titles are bound to becontroversial. For instance, Miguiel Cortois' $10 million GAL, starring Jose Garcia, deals with theinvestigation by Spanish journalists into the anti-terrorist liberation groups(GAL) which carried out over 30 bombings against the Basque separatist groupETA between 1983 and 1987.
Potentially even more contentious is Ariel Zertoun's $20 million LeGang Des Postiches,starring Vincent Elbaz, Clement Poesy and Sami Bouajila. It tells the truestory of a group of flamboyant young chancers who committed over 1,000 bankrobberies in France in the 1980s.
Meanwhile, distributors are waiting to see if EuropaCorp's bossLuc Besson will push ahead with plans for two sequels to his $80 millionanimated feature, Arthur And The Minimoys. Last month, EuropaCorp sources suggested that the two newmovies may shoot back to back at EuropaCorp's new animation studio in Pantin,on the outskirts of Paris.