January 31, 2023

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Film Movement has bought the North American rights to StudioCanal with us

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Film Movement has bought the North American rights to “Stay With Us,” the autobiographical comedy about popular French actor, filmmaker and stand-up talent Gad Elmaleh.

Internationally represented by StudioCanal, the personal movie explores Elmaleh’s own conflicted relationship with his Jewish faith and interest in Catholicism.

Elmaleh plays himself as a well-known French actor of Moroccan-Jewish heritage who returns home after spending three years in the United States where he lives the American dream and makes the bold decision to convert to Catholicism. When his parents, David and Regine, learn of their son’s plans, they are shocked. They embark on a mission to restore Gad to his Judaism and turn his conversion plan into a battlefield. The comedy-laced film follows Gad as he manages to convince his parents that his sincere love for the Virgin Mary does not question his identity and his love for them.

The thought-provoking film earned a warm critical reception at the Angoulême French Film Festival where it premiered. Film Movement will release it in theaters in 2023, followed by a wide release across all leading home entertainment and digital platforms. The deal was brokered by Michael Rosenberg, president of Film Movement, and Chloe Marquette, SVP of international sales at StudioCanal.

“Gad has long been one of the French-speaking world’s most humorous and talented exports,” says Rosenberg. “While he’s certainly proven his mettle as a dramatic actor, his very funny semi-autobiographical take is sure to impress anyone who decides to make their own way in life, family wishes be damned.”

The movie opened in France on November 16 and sold 440,897 tickets as of December 28, marking a healthy BO performance.

“Following the incredibly successful release of ‘Stay With Us’ in France we are thrilled to have Film Movement on board for Gad Elmaleh’s autobiographical comedy in North America,” said Marquette. “We know that the talented Film Movement team will put all their passion behind this special movie in 2023, and audiences won’t have to wait to discover Gadd’s vision,” continued Marquette.

Another picture from the movie:

Copyright Laura Gilley
Laura Gilley

On top of “Stay With Us,” the film movement recently sent Tunisia’s Oscar submission “Under the Fig Tree;” achieved Véronique Jadin’s dark workplace comedy “Employee of the Month” and Dominique Mol’s French crime thriller “The Night of the 12th,” which played Cannes last year.

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