Following the stateside success of Daniel Auteuil’s “The Well-Digger’s Daughter,” Kino Lorber has again acquired all U.S. rights to release Auteuil’s latest feature film adaptations of Marcel Pagnol’s work. The two works are part of an multi-year
project to remake films by Pagnol.
Lorber was the natural choice for the U.S. distribution of Marius and
Fanny,” wrote Saya Huddleston, VP, Pathé International. “Their track
record in giving due exposure to Daniel Auteuil’s directorial debut, ‘The
Well-Digger’s Daughter’ is excellent. We are thrilled to be teaming up
with them again.”
Kino Lorber will release both “Marius” and “Fanny” in early 2014, following the
theatrical, home video and digital plan established for “The
Here are synopses of the two films, courtesy of Kino.
moving love story by Marcel Pagnol is set at the Old Port of Marseille,
in the Bar de la Marine, run by César and his son Marius. A dreamer,
Marius sees a life for himself on the sea, embarking on one of the many
ships that sail by each day heading off to distant horizons. Fanny, a
young woman who sells shellfish outside the bar, is secretly in love
with Marius (who has always secretly loved her back). When Marius
finally gets his chance to go to sea, Fanny plots to keep him back by
revealing her love for him and stirring his jealousy with another man
who is enamored of her. Marius must struggle between the call of the
ocean and his love for Fanny, and risk sacrificing what is most
important to him.
Based on the celebrated work
by Marcel Pagnol, FANNY tells the story of Marius as he abandons Fanny
and runs away to sea, not realizing that she is expecting his child.
Fanny finds herself in the dishonorable position of being an unmarried
mother, unable to provide for herself and the child. With her mother’s
blessing, Fanny marries a prosperous shopkeeper in order
to provide for the future. However, when Marius finally becomes aware
of his profound love for Fanny, he returns home to win back her
affections and care for the child, but faces the consequences of his
actions when Fanny urges him to stay out of her life for the sake of the
child’s future and the honor of the family.