Philippe Bober’s CoProduction Office has closed a raft of deals on Jessica Hausner’s Lourdes, which earlier this week won the FIPRESCI Award in Venice.
Highlighting the new sales is a deal for the US with Palisades. Other territories just closed include Germany (NFP), Greece (Nutopia), Mexico (Gussi), Spain (Alta Films),
This adds to sales in territories previously announced including Austria (Stadkino), Belgium (Lumière), Estonia (MTÜ Otaku), France (TFM), Italy (Cinecittà Luce), The Netherlands (Filmmuseum) and Switzerland (Xenix), Venezuela. 16 territories are now sold with more deals imminent.
“This is the first feature film to be shot in Lourdes in 20 years. Jessica Hausner manages to strike a delicate balance between the film’s elements of dark humour and its compassionate approach to the hope that Lourdes, a city synonymous with miracles, represents,” Coproduction Office Managing Director Philippe Bober commented.
Featuring Sylvie Testud, Léa Seydoux, Bruno Todeschini and Elina Löwensohn, Lourdes tells the story of Christine who has been confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees mountains.
Intriguingly, the film, made with cooperation from the Bishop’s Office in Lourdes, is due to have a special release in France the town of Lourdes itself in early December before it is shown more widely.