Fox International Productions has taken distribution rights in Latin America, Germany and the U.S. on action thriller Mea Culpa which Gaumont is selling. The Fred Cavayé-directed pic stars Vincent Lindon, Gilles Lellouche and Nadine Labaki. The story follows a pair of good cops who’ve been longtime partners. Their lives go into a tailspin when one causes a tragic car accident. When his family is put in danger a few years after he exits the police force, he takes matters into his own hands. Cavayé’s previous films include Anything For Her, which was remade by Paul Haggis as The Next Three Days, and Point Blank, which is being developed as an English-language remake by Leverage and Working Title. Gaumont is screening exclusive footage of the pic for buyers here in Cannes. The $20M film bows in France in early 2014.
Paris-based LGM’s Jean-Baptiste Dupont and Cyril Colbeau-Justin are producing. Gaumont is co-producing and has French distribution. The Fox deal was negotiated by Gaumont International head Cécile Gaget and by Shebnem Askin, SVP of acquisitions at FIP.
Askin said, “Fred Cavayé is one of the most talented new directors working today who manages to elevate the thriller genre to a new level with each film. We are excited to work with him on Mea Culpa and we’re looking forward to finding more projects to work together in the future.”
Gaget added, “We are very proud to have Fox International Productions on board Fred’s film and glad that both studios have begun a fruitful relationship.”