Zeitgeist Films has acquired the French, gay, Jewish comedy “Let My People Go!,” directed by newcomer Mikael Buch and starring Pedro Almodovar veteran Carmen Maura. The company nabbed the film at the Berlin Film Market from Les Films du Losange.
According to a press release from Zeitgeist, “Let My People Go!” features an international cast and is a “Jewish family drama and French bedroom farce” that “follows the travails and daydreams of the lovelorn Reuben, a French-Jewish gay mailman living in fairytale Finland with his gorgeous Nordic boyfriend. But just before Passover, a series of mishaps and a lovers’ quarrel exiles the heartbroken Reuben back to Paris and his zany family.”
Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo, who are responsible for the film’s acquisition from Agathe Valentin at Les Films du Losange, said the film is “so much fun to watch, you forget what terrific acting is involved and what a smart screenplay it has.”
“Let My People Go!” opens in New York and Los Angeles in early 2013, with a national release to follow.