The deal covers all films produced by Christal founder Christian Larouche. Larouche's distribution company, Christal Films Distribution, declared bankruptcy in May of last year, sending several productions into distribution limbo and leaving debts of C$12.5m.
The first film in the deal will be À Vos Marques Party 2 by Frederik D'Amour, produced by Caroline Heroux of Gaëa Films and Larouche, scheduled for release in June. The first film, À Vos Marques Party (which translates as 'Ready, Set, Party', earned more than C$2m on release in 2007.
Other titles include:
Les Grandes Chaleurs, directed by Sophie Lorain and written by playwright Michel Marc Bouchard, based on his play of the same title. It's produced by Larouche and Valerie Bissonnette of Velocite International.
Leo Huff, from director Sylvain Guy and starring Luc Picard, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Louison Danis and Sylvie Boucher. Larouche produced with Marcel Giroux of GPA Films and Sam Grana of Grana Productions.
Noemie, also directed by Frederik D'Amour, based on the bestselling Quebec novels by Gilles Tibo. Larouche is producing again with Caroline Heroux
Mr. Nobody, directed by Jaco van Dormael and starring Jared Leto, Diane Kruger and Sarah Polley. A Germany-Belgium-Canada coproduction, it is produced by Philippe Godeau of Somebody Productions and coproduced by Larouche, Jaco Van Dormael of Brussel's Toto & Co Films and Germany's Alfred Hürmer of Integral Film and Marco Mehlitz of Lago Film.