By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire February 20, 2012 at 10:43AM
Adopt Films continues its aggressive buying spree, nabbing U.S. rights to Jean-Marc Valee's "Cafe de Flore," starring Vanessa Paradis, just a day after acquiring U.S. rights to Christian Petzold's acclaimed "Barbara," which just won the Silver Bear for best director at Berlinale.
This follows Adopt Film's pick ups of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Golden Bear winner "Caesar Must Die" as well as Ursula Meier’s “Sister” (which won a special jury prize). Combined, its a very impressive feat for the new company, which has yet to release a film. The maiden release by Adopt Films -- “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye," opens March 8.
"Cafe de Flore," which world premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, is nominated for 13 Genie Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars. This marks Adopt Film's second French-Canadian title following its acquisition of Anne Émond’s “Nuit #1."
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ADOPT FILMS ACQUIRES VENICE HIT “CAFÉ DE FLORE”
Adopt Films has announced its acquisition of all U.S. rights to Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Café de Flore,” which World Premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and enjoyed its North American Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Co-starring Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent and Evelyne Brochu, “Café de Flore” has been nominated for a spectacular 13 Genie Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars ©. Its nominations include Best Motion Picture, Best Director (Vallée), Best Screenplay (Vallée), Best Actress (Paradis), Best Supporting Actress (Florent), and Best Supporting Actor (Marin Gerrier). The Genie Awards will be presented on March 8th. “Café de Flore” was produced by Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin. Vallée’s previous films include “Liste Noire,” “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” and “The Young Victoria,” produced by Graham King and Martin Scorsese.
The deal was negotiated by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Managing partner of international sales company Films Distribution and Adopt’s Co-Managing Executives Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky.
“Café de Flore” is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways: Jacqueline, a young mother with a Down syndrome son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently-divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. Adopt Films’s Jeff Lipsky said, “ ‘Café de Flore’ simply blew our socks off. It is a richly satisfying, crowd-pleasing balancing act that blends love and humor, and that redefines steadfast compassion in places it is seldom encountered.” Lipsky anticipates a late 2012 opening for “Café de Flore.”
Films Distribution’s Nicolas Brigaud-Robert added “we had strong interest from various US players in Berlin, but decided to go with Adopt Film’s, a new company but headed by people of great experience and with an artistic sensitivity well respected in the business”.
“Café de Flore” is Adopt’s second French-Canadian title following its acquisition of Anne Émond’s “Nuit #1,” also a 2011 Toronto International Film Festival hit and multiple Genie Award nominee. Adopt Films’ other previously announced titles include Ursula Meier’s 2012 Berlin Main Competition selection “Sister,” Marie Losier’s 2011 Berlin Festival award-winner “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” and Debbie Goodstein’s “Mighty Fine.”