SPC sees sizzle in 'Paris'

Indie gets U.S. rights to Barratier period piece

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S., Australian, New Zealand and Scandinavian rights to Christophe Barratier's upcoming Toronto International Film Festival special presentation "Paris 36."

The French-language feature chronicles three stage workers in the mid-1930s who decide to stage a show in their recently shuttered dance hall.

The film reunites Barratier with producers Jacques Perrin and Nicolas Mauvernay and actors Gerard Jugnot and Kad Merad, all of whom collaborated on "The Chorus," a 2005 foreign-language Oscar nominee. That film also received a nomination for original song, with Barratier penning the lyrics.

"This is one of those amazing populist movies no one seems to make anymore: a big, boisterous, moving, 1930s music hall movie with perfect attention to detail in performance, cinematography and production design," SPC co-president Michael Barker said.

"Paris" screens Sept. 6 in Toronto and will be released Sept. 24 in France by Pathe Distribution.

Muriel Sauzay and Mike Runagall negotiated the deal for Pathe International. (partialdiff)
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