FranceTV Distribution, the commercial arm of French national broadcaster France Televisions, is launching a feature sales division. The unit will kick off with The Red Collar, the next film from Les Enfants Du Marais helmer Jean Becker. Produced by ICE3, the drama stars The Intouchables‘ François Cluzet and Polisse‘s Nicolas Duvauchelle. It’s an adaptation of the WWI novel by Jean-Christophe Rufin — a founder of Doctors Without Borders and a former Ambassador of France in Senegal — that focuses on three characters in the French countryside and the dog who holds the key to their destinies. Shooting is scheduled to begin in June for a 2018 release with backing from France 3 Cinéma. Launching just ahead of the EFM in Berlin next month, the unit’s full lineup is coming together. FranceTV Distribution CEO Laetitia Recayte says this is “just the beginning of a new and exciting adventure.”
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