Cannes: France's Pathe, Vendome Team on English-Language Film Slate

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The first film 'Coda' will be produced by Patrick Wachsberger's Picture Perfect.

France's Pathe Films and Source Code producer Philippe Rousselet's Vendome are joining forces to co-develop English-language films. 

The three-year deal formalizes a pact between the two groups that have partnered on two French-language projects, last year's Promise at Dawn, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Michel Hazanavicius' upcoming The Lost Prince, starring Omar Sy.

The first project out of the gate is Coda, with Patrick Wachsberger's Picture Perfect on board to produce and launch sales in Cannes. It's Wachsberger's first film producing project since leaving Lionsgate.

Oscar winner Marlee Matlin will take the lead, and newcomer Emilia Jones will star as the only hearing child in a deaf family, who also happens to be a musical prodigy. The film will be helmed by Tallulah and Orange Is the New Black director Sian Heder. It is an English-language remake of the 2014 French hit La Famille Belier, which grossed $72 million worldwide. 

“I am very excited to produce with [Rousselet] my first movie out of Lionsgate. I am confident that we have the right filmmaker with Sian Heder, she wrote a very engaging both funny and moving script and we have been lucky to find our Ruby in Emilia Jones who has inspired all of us," said Wachsberger.

“We’ve been lucky to build a strong relationship with Pathé over the past few years, so this new partnership just feels like the natural next step," said Rousselet. "Coda epitomizes the type of high-quality material and talent we want to work with under this deal. There’s no-one better than Patrick in his field, so we’re delighted he will be producing Coda with us and that it will be Picture Perfect’s first sales title at Cannes.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Vendôme, combining our strengths to launch ambitious and high-quality projects. Over the years Vendôme has shown an uncanny ability to develop and produce memorable films with top talent, and we couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds,” said Pathe managing director Ardavan Safaee.