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Indie Sales boards French titles 'Knocked Up' and 'Little Man' (exclusive)

SCREEN DAILY January 16, 2019 | Melanie Goodfellow

Paris-based Indie Sales has acquired international rights to both Sophie Letourneur’s comedy Knocked Up and Benjamin Parent’s coming-of-age tale Little Man ahead of the five-day Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, which kicks-off on Thursday (Jan 17).

Knocked Up (Enorme) stars Marina Foïs as a world-renowned pianist who travels the world with her husband, coach and agent, played by Jonathan Cohen. 

After witnessing the birth of a baby on a transatlantic flight, the husband becomes broody and secretly tampers with his wife’s birth control pills. To her horror, she falls pregnant.

It is the fourth feature from Letourneur after ChicksGaby Baby Doll and Les Coquillettes, which went down well in Locarno in 2013. Memento Films Distribution has picked up French rights for a release in the second half of 2019. 

“It’s a new step in Sophie Letourneur’s career as is aimed at larger audience,” said Nicolas Eschbach, CEO and co-founder of Indie Sales.

The film is produced by Caroline Bonmarchand at Avenue B Productions, as a co-production with Vito Films.

Debut feature

Indie Sales is also kicking off sales on Parent’s debut feature, the Little Man (Un Vrai Bonhomme) about a sensitive teenager as he attempts to make a fresh start in a new high school after being expelled from another institution.

“The script has an amazing twist which makes the film unique,” says Eschbach.

Parent’s previous work includes the short It’s Not A Cowboy Movie which screened in Cannes Critics’ Week 2012 and was nominated for a César in 2013.

The cast features established actress Isabelle Carré (Marie’s Story) alongside rising stars Thomas Guy, who was recently seen in Sébastien Marnier’s School’s Out and Benjamin Voisin, who had small parts in The Happy Prince and Bonne Pomme.

The film is produced by Caroline Adrian for Delante Productions. Ad Vitam will release the film in France later this year.

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