Cinema Guild Takes Fonteyne’s “Wife”
by Eugene Hernandez
The Cinema Guild has announced its acquisition of U.S. right to Frederic Fonteyne‘s “Gilles’ Wife,” starring Emmanuelle Devos. The company plans to release the film, described as the story of “a devoted young wife who’s overtaken by strange suspicions about her husband,” this fall.
“Gilles’ Wife” premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the “Art and Essay” prize; it also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and won an award at the International Istanbul Film Festival. Ryan Krivoshey, director of distribution for the company, negotiated the deal with Carole Baraton from Wild Bunch.
In the film, an adaptation of a 1937 novel by Madeleine Bourdouxhe, a woman suspects that her husband is having an affair with her younger sister and, in the words of an announcement, “Gripped by an unspeakable resolve, (she) undertakes a strange internal battle to recover what she has lost, to become once again, Gilles’ wife.”
“‘Gilles’ Wife’ is one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing films we’ve seen in years,” commented Cinema Guild chairman Philip Hobel in a statement, “Emmanuelle Devos is simply remarkable, and Frederic Fonteyne has shown himself to be among the most provocative and interesting directors working today. We are very excited to bring this extraordinary film to American audiences.”
The company’s current and upcoming films include Anne Reeves‘ “Oyster Farmer,” Benoit Jacquot‘s “A Tout de Suite,” Alain Corneau‘s “Fear and Trembling,” and Per Fly‘s “The Inheritance.”