Roger Frappier'sQuebec-based Max Films, whose The Secret Life Of Happy People is screening in AFI FEST, has announced details of aslate of new English and French-language projects.
First off is hisEnglish-language remake of Jean-Francois Pouliot's box-office hit La GrandeSeduction aka Seducing Dr Lewis which is being scripted by Ken Scott.
Other English-languageprojects being introduced to buyers are erotic comedy-thriller Out Of Z by Manon Briand and Arto Paragamian's Shameless, a comedy about a 10-year-old kid who puts hisprescription pills in his parents' coffee. All three English-language projectsare at the $12 million level.
Meanwhile, French-languageproject Borderline, a first-timefeature from Lyne Charlebois, is now in pre-production. An adaptation of thenovel by Marie-Sissi Labreche, who co-scripted with Charlebois, the film is thestory of a woman at three different stages of her life. Frappier bills it as"touching, funny, dark and erotic." Rising Canadian actress Isabelle Bloistakes the leading role. Shooting begins in February in Montreal.
Other titles on Max Films'current slate include Pouliot's new film The Little Book Of Revenge, scripted by Ken Scott. Billed as a black comedy,the film will be vying for a slot in official selection in Berlin or Sundance.
The Secret Life Of HappyPeople was released in Quebec lastmonth. Directed by Stephane Lapointe, the film is a comedy drama starring MarcPaquet and Catherine De Lean. All territories outside Canada are availablethrough Max Films International.