Paris-based Other Angle Pictures has announced first sales on French director Julien Leclercq’s action thriller The Bouncer, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, which started shooting last week.
It has sold to Germany (Constantin Film), Italy (Minerva Pictures), Spain (Inopia Films), Latin America (Leda Film), Poland (Monolith Films), Middle East (Falcon Films), Russia (Capella Film), Turkey (Fabula Films), Hungary (Cinetel) and ex-Yugoslavia (Fox Vision).
Van Damme plays a bouncer who is strong-armed by the police into infiltrating a dangerous counterfeiting gang. The $10m production is lead produced by Julien Madon.
The company is also reporting strong interest on Daniel Auteuil’s The Other Woman in which the French star plays a happily married man who starts fantasising about running off with a younger woman.
The film has sold to Italy (Eagle), Canada (Christal Films), Brazil (Immovision), Benelux (Vertigo Films), China (Lemon Tree), Greece (Tanweer), Poland (Canal+) and Israel (Lev Cinemas). It is being handled by Sony in France.
French genre director Xavier Gens’s first foray into comedy, Budapest, inspired by the true story of two college friends who set up a stag party agency, is also proving popular.
The picture has sold to Italy (Minerva Pictures), Benelux (Vertigo), Switzerland (Praesens), Russia (Capella Film), Turkey (Fabula), Greece (Tanweer), Greece (Tanweer), Hungary (ADS) and ex-Yugoslavia (2i Film).
It has also unveiled additional sales on older titles In And Out, to Spain (Alfa Pictures) and China (Times Vision), and Daddy Cool to Benelux (Vertigo), Spain (Vercine), Poland (Best Film), Hungary (ADS) and China (Hualu Media).
Co-chiefs Oliver Albou and Laurence Schonberg are also celebrating the triumph of Solange Cicurel’s comedy Don’t Tell Her at Belgium’s prestigious Magritte awards, where it one best film.