Europacorp Makes Committment to Frederic Beigbeder's 'Three Years' (Cannes)

Gallic production company The Film sets Sept. 14 release date for Julie Delphy's "Skylab."

Europacorp has committed to a long-term relationship with Frederic Beigbeder’s Love Lasts for Three Years and has inked a co-production, distribution and sales deal with Michael Gentile’s Gallic production company The Film for the title. Beigbeder will direct the film based on his best-selling novel. The cast includes Gaspard Proust alongside Louise Bourgoin, Frederique Bel, Valerie Lemercier and French rap star-turned-actor Joey Starr, who also stars in Maiwenn Le Besco’s Polisse, set to screen in the Cannes Competition. Love Lasts for Three Years cost $6.8 million to make. Love will begin shooting on May 23rd for a Spring 2012 release in France. Co-producer EuropaCorp will handle French distribution and international sales.

The Film has also set a September 14th release date for Julie Delpy’s French comedy Skylab via Mars Distribution. The film marks Delpy’s return to her native France and native tongue after the English-language romantic comedy 2 Days in Paris and the period drama The Countess.

“It’s a comedy, but it’s very tender,” Delpy said. “It’s a very personal film.”

Skylab was shot in Brittany and stars Delpy alongside an A-list Gallic cast, including Eric Elmosnino, Aura Atika, Bernadette Lafont, Vincent Lacoste and Noemie Lvovsky, who also stars in Bertrand Bonello’s Competition title House of Tolerance.

“The actors are all incredible. It’s so impressive what they gave to their roles. It’s a pleasure to watch them,” Delpy said.

Films Distribution is handling international sales for the 4 million-euro title that producers are hoping will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival in September.

“This is more mainstream, but in a good way,” Delpy said of the ensemble comedy. “It’s a very universal story because it’s all about childhood and a little girl coming of age and falling in love for the first time.”

The film takes place in Brittany and follows three generations of a large family during a reunion.

“It’s very sweet, but at the same time very funny,” Delpy said. The director -actress will be back with even more funny with 2 Days in New York co-starring Chris Rock, her follow-up to the global hit 2 Days in Paris.

Gentile is also working on English-language horror film Muti with LA-based South African screenwriter Ross Kettle.