Goldwyn brings 'Paris' to U.S.


Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Cedric Klapisch's "Paris," starring Juliette Binoche.

The film, which premiered this month at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, was written and directed by Klapisch and produced by Ce Qui Me Meut's Bruno Levy. It is slated for release in the fall.

"Paris" features interconnected stories of characters taking a deeper look at how to live their lives. It also stars Romain Duris, who plays a young Parisian diagnosed with a life-threatening illness that changes the way he sees everyone around him.

Fabrice Luchini, Albert Dupontel, Francois Cluzet, Karin Viard, Melanie Laurent, Gilles Lellouche, Zinedine Soualem and Julie Ferrier also star.

The film, which opened Feb. 20 in France, has made a strong showing at the French boxoffice. It marks the sixth collaboration between Klapisch and Duris.

" 'Paris' works on every level," said Peter Goldwyn, vp acquisitions at Samuel Goldwyn Films. "It is a beautifully told story with an exceptional cast, including the city itself, which has never looked so radiant and compelling onscreen."

The deal was negotiated by Goldwyn with StudioCanal's Saya Huddleston on behalf of the filmmakers.

Other sales at Unifrance's 13th annual Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which wrapped its 10-day run Sunday, included Claude Miller's "A Secret" to Strand Releasing, Eric Guirado's "The Grocer's Son" to Film Movement and Richard McGuire's "Fear(s) of the Dark" to IFC.