E1 toasts deal with Christal Films

Frederik D'Amour pic is first under multiyear agreement

TORONTO -- Christal Films, the production shingle of veteran Quebec movie producer Christian Larouche, on Monday inked a deal that will see E1 Entertainment distribute its movies in Canada and internationally.

The first film from the multiyear agreement will be Frederik D'Amour's "A vos marques ... Party 2," which is set for a June theatrical release.

Also in the Christal pipeline is Sophie Lorain's "Les Grandes chaleurs," Sylvain Guy's "Leo Huff, and another Frederik D'Amour picture, "Noemie," slated for a December release.

The supply deal with E1 Entertainment comes after Larouche encountered difficulty with longtime distribution arm Christal Films Distribution after it severed ties with domestic partners Lionsgate and Maple Pictures.