Studio 37 adds several films to slate

'Mune,' 'Elle s'Appelait Sarah' among new features

PARIS – French telecom Orange's Paris-based film subsidiary Studio 37 will decorate movie theaters across the globe with its colorful feature film lineup including new 3D animation project "Mune," Gilles Pacquet-Brenner's "Elle s'Appelait Sarah" starring Kirstin Scott Thomas and Samuel Benchetrit's "Chez Gino," Studio 37 topper Frederique Dumas said Tuesday.

Studio 37 announced a first-look deal with Rezo Films for Gallic distribution in Cannes last year. Studio 37 also has a "privileged partnership" deal with Gregoire Melin's international sales outlet Kinology.

"Mune" is an animated 3D fairytale produced by Onyx films and directed by Benoit Phillipon and Alexandre Heboyan, who worked on "Kung Fu Panda" and "Monsters vs Aliens" among other high-profile US studio titles.

Studio 37 will focus on Gallic co-productions, but has already branched out into English-language territory with Benoit Philippon's "Lullaby for Pi" starring Rupert Friend, Clemence Poesy and Forest Whitaker and recent release Olivier Dahan's "My Own Love Song" with Renee Zellweger, Whitaker and Nick Nolte. Studio 37 has also recently acquired English-language Rodrigo Cortes' Sundance title "Buried" with Ryan Reynolds and Bart Freundlich's "The Rebound" starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha and has confirmed actor Jim Sturgess to star opposite Kirsten Dunst in Upside Down Films, Onyx Films and Transfilm's "Upside Down" from director Juan Solanas. "

We don't have a specific strategy for English-language films, but why not?" Dumas said in an interview, adding: "Why deprive ourselves of good films at reasonable prices?"

Studio 37 will also be speaking its native French tongue with several new projects including Michael Youn's comedy "Fatal" based on the actor's web video phenomenon, Pacquet-Brenner's "Elle S'Appelait Sarah" which pairs Scott Thomas with French actor Niels Arestrup, Bruno Chiche's "Small World" also starring Arestrup alongside Gerard Depardieu plus Delphine Gleize's "La Permission de Minuit" with Vincent Lindon and Emmanuelle Devos.

Studio 37 will also handle distribution for Fidelite Films-Wild Bunch co-production Samuel Benchetrit's "Chez Gino," the writer-director's follow-up to Sundance title "I've Always Wanted to be a Gangster."