Toronto 2011: MPI Media Group Acquires North American Rights to 'Americano'

Mathieu Demy wrote, directed and stars in the French drama, which also features Salma Hayek.

MPI Media Group has acquired the North American rights to Americano, a French drama starring, written by and directed by Mathieu Demy.

The movie is the second pick-up for MPI; Wednesday it picked up the North American rights to Yelling to the Sky, a drama starring Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe.

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Salma Hayek is one of the stars of Americano, which could make a name for itself with all the progeny of known film legends. Also in the movie are Chiara Mastroianni, the daughter of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni, and Geraldine Chaplin, the daughter of Charlie Chaplin; Demy is the son of French directors Agnes Varda and Jaques Demy, and makes his directorial debut with Americano.

MPI picked up the rights after the movie premiered at TIFF. It’s planning a spring theatrical release for the film, followed by DVD and VOD release.

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According to the company, the movie sees Demy starring as “Martin, a Parisian who goes to Los Angeles to settle his mother’s affairs following her death. Once in L.A., where he spent a great deal of his childhood, Martin becomes flooded with memories – and discovers through an old photograph that his mother was very close to a mysterious girl. Troubled by these memories, Martin travels to Tijuana in search of this now-grown woman named Lola (Hayek) and delves into his past in an effort to find his own peace.”

French distributor Bac Films made the deal with MPI.

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