FilmRise Acquires U.S. Rights to Julie Delpy's French Romantic Comedy 'Lolo' (Exclusive)


The New York-based art-house distributor will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in March.

FilmRise has nabbed U.S. rights to the French romantic comedy Lolo. The New York-based art-house distributor acquired the film — which was written and directed by and stars Julie Delpy — from Wild Bunch.

The pic centers on Violette (Delpy), a 40-year-old workaholic with a career in the fashion industry who falls for a provincial computer geek (Dany Boon, who stars in the French box-office hit Welcome to the Sticks) while on a spa retreat with her best friend. But he faces a major challenge in having to win the trust and respect of Violette’s teenage son Lolo (Vincent Lacoste), who is determined to wreak havoc on the couple’s fledging relationship and remain his mother’s favorite.

FilmRise will release the movie on March 11 in the U.S.

Having made its world premiere at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival and North American premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Lolo was lauded by The Hollywood Reporter's Boyd van Hoeij as Delpy’s “most winningly mainstream concoction yet."

“With its mainstream appeal, we are thrilled to be bringing Lolo to the U.S.,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. “We are confident that American audiences will fall in love with Julie Delpy’s hilarious crowd-pleaser, just as we have.”

Added Delpy: “I am beyond ecstatic that Lolo, a film that means so much to me, will be released theatrically in the U.S. As a filmmaker and actress, I have put my heart and soul into this film. I am so happy that I can share Lolo with American audiences.”

The deal was negotiated by Fisher and FilmRise's Max Einhorn. CAA repped the filmmakers.

Recent FilmRise acquisitions include Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans; Monster Hunt, the highest-grossing film in China’s box-office history; and Alex Gibney's Scientology exposé Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. The company's TV titles include Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously.