French sales company Other Angle reported robust business at its first Cannes Marche.
The company, led by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, has picked up the Djamel Bensalah-produced Neuilly Sa Mere. TFM will release the comedy, about a young boy from the downtrodden suburbs who lands in the wealthiest neighborhood in Paris, on August 12 in France.
The film’s title is a nod to Bensalah’s 1999 breakout hit Le Ciel, Les Oiseaux…Et Ta Mere. It is directed by Gabriel Laferriere with a cast including Denis Podalydes and Rachida Brakhni. Other Angle has sold the picture to Les Films de L’Elysee in Benelux and is in negotiations in Switzerland and other territories.
Other Angle’s Directors’ Fortnight title, The French Kissers from director Riad Sattouf sold to Benelux (Alternative), Switzerland (Pathe), Germany and Austria (Kool), Italy (Nomad Films), Spain (Karma Films), Greece (Strada), Portugal (Atalanta) and Australia (Palace). According to Albou, negotiations are underway in the US, the UK and Canada. The film has been invited to several other festivals and Albou expects to close out the remaining territories by the end of summer.
French comic hit La Premiere Etoile completed deals in Italy (Nomad), Germany (Kool), Benelux (Les Films de L’Elysee), Switzerland (Frenetic), Canada (Seville) and Poland (Vitra). Talks are ongoing in Spain, the UK and Australia with strong remake interest circling the film as well.
Didier Bourdon’s Bambou was sold to Benelux (Elysee) and Poland (Vitra). Meanwhile, Christopher Thompson’s directorial debut Bus Palladium, which will wrap shooting in two weeks, will be released by StudioCanal in France. Albou says Several territories are interested based on the first footage shown at the market.
The company has also acquired After.Life, starring Liam Neeson, for France which will be released through a partner distributor.
Having started out working solely with French films, Other Angle now intends to branch out to foreign titles in order to enhance the slate. Albou says he is currently circling films from Argentina, Holland, Turkey and Israel.