Berlin: Breaking Glass Picks Up French Holocaust Drama 'To Life' (Exclusive)

A la vie Still - H 2014
Courtesy of Festival del film Locarno

A la vie Still - H 2014

The French film is inspired by the director's mother's friendships formed in concentration camps.

Breaking Glass has acquired the North American rights to the French Holocaust drama To Life (À La Vie).

The film centers on three women who first meet in Auschwitz and then reunite years later for a holiday weekend on the coast of France. It's inspired by director Jean-Jacques Zilbermann's mother's experiences in concentration camps. Zilbermann, Daniele Dumas and Odile Barski wrote the screenplay.

Julie Depardieu (the daughter of Gerard Depardieu), Suzanne Clement (Mommy) and Johanna Ter Steege (The Vanishing) play the trio.

The drama premiered in Locarno in August and was released in France in November by Le Pacte, which represented it to buyers in Berlin. Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff negotiated the deal for the Elzevir Films and France 3 production with Le Pacte's Camille Neel.

The distributor is planning a theatrical release for September 2015.

“After screening To Life this had to be our first acquisition at Berlin, and we will ensure the film will be well represented in North America. With one third of the world in conflict we need to remember the past to preserve the future," said Wolff in a statement.

"Audiences will be deeply moved by the extremely complex, and often heartbreaking, relationships between these three women who prove that the human spirit is indeed both remarkable and indomitable," added Breaking Glass co-president Richard Ross.

The Philadelphia-based distributor recently picked up Uncertain Terms, a dramedy from prolific independent filmmaker Nathan Silver. Its slate includes Larry Clark's Marfa Girl, which won top honors at the 2012 Rome Film Festival, and the psychological thriller White Rabbit, which stars The Fault in Our Stars' Sam Trammell and Tomorrowland's Britt Robertson. Among its previous releases are the gay romantic thriller Out in the Dark and the documentary Unhung Hero.