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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to the adult road-trip movie Paris Can Wait.
The film, starring Diane Lane, was directed by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis Ford Coppola, who is making her narrative feature debut at the age of 80.
Paris Can Wait, which made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in the special presentation section on Sept. 12, centers on a woman (Lane) at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life.
Coppola also wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay. She produced alongside Fred Roos, who is a longtime collaborator with the Coppola family.
“Eleanor Coppola’s Paris Can Wait is a movie to savor, something very fine,” SPC said in a statement. “Elegantly directed, exquisitely designed and beautifully acted by Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard, this is that special movie that will bring pleasure to audiences everywhere.”
Added Coppola: “[SPC is] the gold standard in bringing very interesting, high-quality films to the big screen over many years.”
As part of the deal, A+E Television retains second TV window rights to the film.
ICM Partners and attorney Barry Hirsch negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.
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