“It’s My Crime,” the new star-studded film from revered French director Francois Ozon, has been picked up by a raft of major distributors in major markets.
Represented by Playtime, the crowd-pleasing comedy had its world premiere at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris on opening night and drew laughs throughout the screening, including a lengthy bow.
Lushly lensed in an idealized Paris of the 1930s, “This Is My Crime” assembles an expansive cast, led by a pair of up-and-coming actors Nadia Tereskiewicz (“Forever Young”)., With Rebecca Marder (“Simone”), Isabel Huppert, Fabrice Lucchini, André Dussolier, Danny Boon and Felix Lefebvre.
“It’s My Crime” has been acquired for Canada (Sphere Films), Spain (Caramel), Italy (BIM), Greece (Filmtrade), Germany (Welkino), Austria (Filmladen) Benelux (September Films), Switzerland (Filmkupi). , Bulgaria (Cinelibre), Hungary (Vertigo), Baltics, CIS (A-One), Ukraine (Arthouse Traffic), Romania (Independent Film) and the former Yugoslavia (MCF).
Playtime made the deals after pitching the script to buyers in the American film market The company is selling to Unifrance Rendez-vous. Regions still open include North America and Asia.
“Buyers who attended the Paris premiere raved about the film, noting that it was in the vein of Francois Ozon’s ‘Potiche’ and ‘8 Women,’ which were among his biggest critical and box office hits,” Playtime partner Nicolas Brigad said. Playtime partner Nicholas Brig Robert.
A love letter to cinema and theatre, “It’s My Crime” tells the story of Madeleine, a beautiful, young and ruthless actress accused of murdering a famous producer. With the help of her best friend Pauline, an unemployed lawyer, she is acquitted in self-defense and becomes a star, as well as a feminist icon.
“It’s My Crime” reunites Ozone with his longtime producers Eric and Nicholas Altmaier at Mandarin Cinema. The star-studded original crew includes costume designer Pascaline Chavan (“8 Women,” “An Officer and a Spy”), Oscar-nominated production designer Jean Rabas (“Vatel,” “Jackie”) and Manu Dacose (“Peter Von Kant”). . The movie marks Ozone’s follow-up to “Peter von Kant,” which opens at the Berlinale in 2022. The author’s previous credits include “Swimming Pool,” which competed at Cannes and won Charlotte Rampling Best Actress at the European Film Awards, and the BAFTA-nominated “Potiche.”
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