Wild Bunch is showing first footage at EFM.

Soda Pictures is on board for UK rights to Confession Of A Child Of The Century, which marks musician Pete Doherty’s acting debut. Ad Vitam has taken French rights.

Producers are France’s Les Films du Veyrier, Germany’s Integral Film and the UK’s Warp Films Europe; as previously reported Wild Bunch is handling international sales.

Wild Bunch is showing first footage here at EFM.

Sylvie Verheyde’s adaptation of Alfred de Musset’s classic novel also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lily Cole, August Diehl and Volker Bruch.

Doherty plays controversial 19th century poet Alfred de Musset and Gainsbourg plays his lover, author George Sands.

The film is shooting through mid-March on location outside Paris and in Lyon and Munich. It is being readied for an autumn festival launch.

Bruno Berthemy is the lead producer while Alfred Hürmer and Peter Carlton are co-producing.

Peter Carlton of Warp Films Europe said: “Sylvie Verheyde’s unique rock’n’roll re-imagining of a classic impossible love story was irresistible. It’s also a great message to producers that there are companies like Soda with the vision to back such projects. That support was crucial in making the film happen.”

Eve Gabereau, Managing Director of Soda Pictures, added: “We are thrilled to be involved from the early stages of this film and to work closely with the producers on building its campaign in the UK from on-set to on-screen. The combination of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lily Cole, mixed with Pete Doherty, in a lush period piece has already set the blogosphere alight!”