February 3, 2023

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Newen Connect Bows Comedies Christian Clavier, Ahmed Sylla

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Neuen Connect, the film and TV distribution arm of French media group Neuen Studios, is launching a raft of comedies at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous event in Paris this week.

New titles include “Potifer’s Wacky Plan,” based on the book Mr. “Comedy.” It is produced by UGC and Romain Rotzman’s Les Films du 24, the team behind “Serial (Bad) Weddings.”

Directed by Pierre-François Martin-Laval (“Serial Teachers”), the movie stars Christian Clavier and Isabel Nanty. Clavier plays a retired school teacher who plans revenge on the kids who made his life hell twenty years ago and ruined his one chance at love.

“Open Season”, produced by Starman Films and Curiosa Films (“Stars at Noon”), directed by Frédéric Forestier and Antonin Forlon. The film stars Didier Bourdon (“Alibi.com 2”), Camille Low (“Spoiled Brats”), Hakim Gemili (“The Good Doctor”), Thierry Larmit (“Just Retired”) and Chantal Ladesseau.

The film follows Adelaide, Simon and their two young children. Cramped into their one-bedroom flat in the city, they dream of a peaceful house of their own with a garden. So the day they find a spacious country house, they quickly buy it. But once in a while they soon figure out the problem: their sales team has a legal access that allows the entire village to search their property. It’s not long before the beasts start charging into the house and bullets start flying.

“Our Tiny Little Wedding” is a comedy produced by Mikel Abecassis under the UGC-owned banner Les Films du 24. Directed by Frédéric Queering (“Too Much for the Job”), the film stars Camille Lou (“Spoiled Brats”), Ahmed. Silla (“The Climb”). The film tells the story of Lou and Max who plan a very intimate wedding that explodes into a huge crazy party that spirals out of control when their mismatched families and unexpected friends show up unexpectedly.

Newen Connect has just promoted Leona Connell from EVP Distribution to the newly-created role of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Based in London and Paris, Connell will focus on international and French markets across film and TV He also develops co-production partnerships and pre-sales.

During the French Rendez-Vous, Neuen Connect will also host market screenings for two titles, “Alibi.com 2,” the sequel to Philippe Lachau’s smash hit comedy with Julien Arrouty, Tarek Boudali, Elodie Fontan, Nathalie Bey, Didier Bourdon, Gerard. Juguenot, Ariel Dombasley and Lachew himself; and Dennis Imbert’s “On the Wandering Paths” with Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Jonathan Zakai (“The Bureau”). Produced by Radar Films, “On the Wandering Paths” tells the story of a famous writer and adventurer who challenges himself on the biggest journey of his life after an accident that leaves his body broken.

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