Specialized film distributor Rialto Pictures has announced the formation of its new banner Rialto Premieres, under which it will debut five first run Studiocanal films in the US. The first release for the new label will be Clement Michel’s romantic comedy “The Stroller Strategy,” starring Raphael Personnaz and Charlotte Le Bon. In the film, Personnaz (“Anna Karenina”) plays a Parisian who accidentally becomes the guardian of an infant, and then pretends to be his real father in order to win back Le Bon, the girlfriend who dumped him a year before. The film will open at New York’s Angelika Film Center on June 14.
Other films in the deal include “Hotel Normandy,” starring Eric Elmosnino (“Gainsbourg”) and Helena Noguerra, and “Demi-Soeur,” directed by and starring Josiane Balasko.
Before now, Rialto has specialized in re-releases, having built an impressive collection of classics since 1997. This year their re releases have included Godard’s under-appreciated “Le Petit Soldat,” and a new restoration of Hitchcock’s surviving silent films entitled “The Hitchcock 9,” which will premiere in July.