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Ahead of Toronto, Jeunet's "Micmacs" Nabbed by Sony Classics

Indiewire By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire September 2, 2009 at 3:17AM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. and Latin American rights to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Micmacs," which is set to debut later this month at the Toronto International Film Festival. The company made the deal with TF1 International.
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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. and Latin American rights to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Micmacs," which is set to debut later this month at the Toronto International Film Festival. The company made the deal with TF1 International.

Co-written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, "Micmacs" was described tonight as, "a fantastical comedy about a video store clerk with a bullet lodged in his brain. Knowing he could drop dead at any time, he bands together with an odd collection of outsiders - a mechanical genius, a con man and a contortionist among them - to devise a plan to take down the weapons manufacturer that made the bullet."

The cast of the French film includes Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon, Andre Dussollier and Yolande Moreau.

Produced by Frederic Brillion and Gilles Legrand of Epithète Films and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the film was a coproduction with Warner Bros. Entertainment France. It is set for a French release on October 28th.

Jeunet is best known for "Amelie" and also made a name for himself with the films "The City of Lost Children" (which was also released by Sony Classics) and "Delicatessen." For this film he is working with a number of frequent collaborators, including editor Herve Schneid and production designer Aline Bonetto.

“Just by looking at the storyboards and screenplay you know 'Micmacs' is a timely story with the highest quality of invention that could only come from the mind of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. This will be a major film from a major filmmaker who is not only a fine artist but who also understands the desires of the audience. We are so pleased to be releasing the film and to be back in business with Jean-Pierre and our friends at TF1,” said Sony Pictures Classics, in a prepared statement.

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