Palm Pictures Picks France's "Flower of Evil" for the U.S.
by Brian Brooks
Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to French director Claude Chabrol's "Flower of Evil," the company announced yesterday. Nathalie Baye ("Catch Me if You Can," "Venus Beauty Institute") and Benoit Magimel ("The Piano Teacher") star in the feature, which is set in France's Bordeaux region. The film follows the story of a respected upper middle class family whose high social stature is burst following a murder. Chabrol reexamines the individual family members' lives in the time period leading up to the crime unveiling their secrets and probing their character. The company plans to release the movie in September.
Chabrol's celebrated career began with his first feature, "Le Beau Serge" in 1958. Some of his nearly 70 films include "Les Biches" (1968), "Le Boucher" (1969), "Madam Bovary" (1991) and "Merci Pour Le Chocolat" (2000). Palm's head of acquisitions and production, David Koh, and Ryan Werner, head of theatrical distribution negotiated the deal with Florence Stern, head of sales for MK2. The film premiered at the 2003 Berlinale, and had 1.1 million admissions in its first seven weeks of release in France.
"Palm Pictures has been interested in this film since the Berlin Film Festival, and we are extremely happy that we have been entrusted with its release," commented Koh and Werner in a prepared statement. "This is an extremely pleasurable and funny film that again shows that Chabrol is a master of social analysis."
The roster of other upcoming Palm Pictures releases includes Matthew Barney's "Cremaster Cycle," Baltasar Kormakur's "The Sea," Oxide and Danny Pang's "The Eye," Claude Berri's "The Housekeeper," Dagur Kari's "Noi Albinoi," John Walter's Sundance Jury Prize winner doc, "How to Draw a Bunny," and Olivier Assayas' "demonlover."
[DISCLOSURE: indieWIRE Managing Member and Co-Founder Karol Martesko-Fenster is part of the management team of Palm Pictures.]