Paramount Classics hasclosed a deal for multiple territory rights on Berlin Film Festival favourite ConfidencesTrop Intimes (aka IntimateStrangers). The studio specializedarm has bought rights in North America, Latin America, Australia/New Zealandand Japan from sales outfit StudioCanal.
The film is directed byPatrice Leconte whose 1999 movie Girl On The Bridge and last year's Man On A Train were both substantial arthouse hits for ParamountClassics. Classics plans to open the film in the US in summer.
Co-written by Leconte andJerome Tonnerre and produced by Alain Sarde, Confidences Trop Intimes stars Sandrine Bonnaire as a shy and emotionallyvulnerable woman who decides to see a psychiatrist but accidentally goes to theoffices of a stuffy tax lawyer (Fabrice Luchini). She unburdens herself abouther marital problems and the lawyer plays into her misconception. Therelationship deepens over further sessions and the two change each other'slives.
"Patrice Leconte is one ofthe most talented filmmakers working today," said Paramount Classicsco-presidents Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein in a statement. "We are honoredthat he has entrusted us with his new film."
Leconte added, "I amoverjoyed to be working with Ruth, David and the Paramount Classics team again.Their commitment to foreign language films as well as their unique marketingexpertise is very impressive. We had a lot of fun and success on GirlOn The Bridge and Man On TheTrain and I'm looking forward tocontinuing our relationship."
The film joins a slate atParamount Classics for 2004 which also includes Mike Hodges' I'll Sleep WhenI'm Dead, Yann Samuell's Love MeIf You Dare, David Mackenzie's Asylum, Paul McGuigan's The Reckoning, Roger Michell's Enduring Love, Jacob Aaron Estes' Mean Creek and Matthew Ryan Hoge's The United States OfLeland.