A Radiant Girl

Source: France TV Distribution (c) Jérôme Prébois

A Radiant Girl

Film Movement has acquired North American rights for popular French actress Sandrine Kiberlain’s debut feature A Radiant Girl, which follows the fate of a young Jewish girl living in Paris under German occupation in 1942.

France tv distribution handles international sales on the film which world premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week this year.

Rising French actress Rebecca Marder stars as a lively 19-year-old with a passion for theatre and dreams of becoming an actress who attempts to go about her life as normal in the face of rising restrictions for her and her French-Jewish family.

“We were struck by Kiberlain’s film and its stunning central performance by Rebecca Marder. They’ve given us a refreshingly modern depiction of a young woman coming of age against the backdrop of tragic circumstances that remain all too historically relevant,” said Film Movement president Michael E. Rosenberg.

Kiberlain, who was seen recently in Stéphane Brizé’s Venice Golden Lion contender Another World, also wrote the original screenplay. She took inspiration from her own family’s wartime experiences even though the protagonist is entirely fictional. 

Film Movement has yet to set a release date but is planning a theatrical release with a virtual cinema component, as well as release to all home entertainment including VoD and digital platforms.

“We believe that the film has the potential to attract the North American audiences with its fresh look on one of the most important subjects of the past century,” said France tv head of sales Julia Schulte.

The feature was lead produced by Olivier Delbosc under the banner of his Paris-based company Curiosa Films. Ad Vitam holds French rights and has scheduled a January 26, 2022 release.