Celebrating its tenth year in existence, French producer and distributor Rezo films will now move into international sales. The process will begin with the 23rd film from Eric Rohmer, Triple Agent.
The film, which begins shooting in March in Paris is budgeted at Euros 4m and will be sold and distributed locally by Rezo.
Rezo's Laurent Danielou will head up international sales for the company.
Rezo, which produced Pascal Bonitzer's Berlin entry Petites Coupures, is run by Jean-Michel Rey who has become a strong producing force in France. He recently produced the controversial 2001 Cannes selection film Trouble Every Day by Claire Denis. Rey predicts a possible expansion to international co-productions or pre-buys, something from which he has shied in the past.
Rohmer's film is a spy story set at the beginning of the second world war. It has been pre-sold in 15 territories and boasts three European co-producers: BIM in Italy, Tornasol in Spain and Stradaproductions in Greece. Notably, the film has been acquired by Artificial Eye in the UK, Prenom H in Japan, Umut Sanat in Turkey, Budapest Films for Hungary, Atalanta in Portugal, Poland's Gutek, Agora Films in Switzerland, Imovision in Brazil, and Films de l'Elysee in Belgium.
Total sales currently stand at Euros 650,000 excluding the co-producers' investment.
Film will wrap at the end of the year and be released in February 2004. Along with Rohmer's film, the next outing from Laetitia Masson, Aucun Rapport will start shooting in the Autumn and Rezo will release its fourth collaboration with Catherine Breillat, Anatomie De l'Enfer later this year.