First Look: Michelle Williams in 'Suite Francaise' (Photo)

10:55 AM PST 09/02/2013 by Stuart Kemp

The Saul Dibb-directed drama just wrapped and will be distributed in the U.S. by The Weinstein Company.

LONDON -- The first image of Saul Dibb's Suite Francaise, starring Michelle Williams, has been released by the backers now that the film has wrapped.

The cast, working in Brussels during June, July and August, also includes Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), Kristin Scott Thomas (Only God Forgives), Sam Riley (On the Road) and Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger).

The $20 million budgeted drama is backed by France's TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, Entertainment One, The Weinstein Company and BBC Films, and is set in 1940s France based on novelist Irene Nemirovsky's work.

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It details the story of Lucile Angellier, who awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war, while leading a stifled existence with her domineering mother-in-law. When Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' homes, her life is turned upside down. 

TF1 DA acquired the rights to the novel in 2007, with director Dibb (The Duchess) and co-writer Matt Charman penning the screenplay. Suite Francaise is a France/UK/ Belgium co-production and will be released in France (TF1), while eOne will handle direct distribution in U.K., Spain and Canada.

TWC will handle the U.S. rights, as well as distribution rights in Latin America, Australia, Russia and Germany.

Sales agent TF1 International has also sold the film in Benelux (Dutch Film Works), Scandinavia (Nordisk Film), Switzerland (Pathe), Israel (Lev Cinema) and Portugal (Lusomundo) and is in advanced negotiations for other territories.

The film is also backed by BBC Films.

Xavier Marchand produced on behalf of eOne alongside Romain Bremond, who produced for TF1 DA.

Qwerty Films’ Michael Kuhn and Andrea Cornwell also served as producers, and Harvey Weinstein was executive producer alongside BBC Films’ Christine Langan.


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