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French Hit "Heartbreaker" Set at IFC

A scene from Pascal Chaumeil's "Heartbreaker." Image courtesy of IFC Films.

IFC Films has announced a deal for U.S. rights to the French hit "Heartbreaker" ("L'Arnacoeur), the debut feature from Pascal Chaumeil. The film will have its North American premiere tonight at the COLCOA (City of Lights City of Angels) French film series in Los Angeles and will then have its East Coast premiere later this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.

"'Heartbreaker' is one of the most charming romantic comedies to be made on either side of the Atlantic in many years," President of IFC Entertainment Jonathan Sehring said in a statement today. "We're absolutely delighted to be in business with Gregoire Melin of Kinology and look forward to bringing this hit film by the very gifted Pascal Chaumeil to American audiences."

Set against the backdrop of Monte Carlo, the film stars Cesar Award winner Vanessa Paradis ("Girl on the Bridge") and Romain Duris ("The Beat That My Heart Skipped", "Paris"). Duris plays a professional 'Don Juan', who along with his sister (Julie Ferrier), and her husband (Francois Damiens) have a budding young business breaking hearts for a living. When a client hires Alex and his team to help break up a happily engaged couple before their wedding day, they find themselves facing their toughest job yet.

The film is produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, and Laurent Zeitoun, with a screenplay by Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner, and Yoann Gromb.

IFC Films will release "Heartbreaker" via its day-and-date IFC in Theaters platform. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Lizzie Nastro for IFC Films and with Gregoire Melin of Kinology.

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