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Kino Lorber has acquired two new films from French helmer Daniel Auteuil after releasing his directorial debut The Well-Digger’s Daughter stateside last year. The distributor has taken U.S. rights to Fanny and Marius, two features also adapted from the works of French filmmaker/playwright Marcel Pagnol. The remakes of Pagnol’s original 1930 and 1931 films will be released in early 2014. The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber’s CEO Richard Lorber and Pathé’s Muriel Sauzay, Head of International.
Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter’s Salon Pictures has attached directors to three projects on its production slate. Taussig and Van Carter are the former Revolver/Gunslinger execs who left to set up London-based Salon earlier this year. Together they will produce Lenny, a biopic of fighter Lenny McLean to be directed by Eva Sørhaug. Sørhaug will also write the script. Her last film, 90 Minutes, was nominated for seven Amanda Awards in Norway. Irish actress, writer and director Sharon Horgan has been tapped to helm Meet Me In Ten Years, written by Student Oscar-winner Fran Poletti. Horgan previously directed the 3D Little Cracker for Britain’s Sky. Finally, Pratibha Parmar will direct Intercourse, a theatrical documentary about the life and work of radical feminist writer and activist Andrea Dworkin. Parmar’s last film was this year’s Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth.
After acquiring Venice pic Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater, FilmBuff said today that it is partnering with Everyday Pictures to release Toronto selection Burt’s Buzz. The documentary about Burt’s Bees founder Burt Shavitz will go out in theaters and on VOD in 2014. It’s world premiering in TIFF Docs and is directed and produced by Jody Shapiro (How to Start Your Own Country) and executive produced by Jean Du Toit (My Winnipeg), Phyllis Laing (Keyhole) and Isabella Rossellini. International sales are handled by The Film Sales Company’s Andrew Herwitz.
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