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Sony Classics Acquires Francis Verber's "The Valet" for U.S.

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire June 20, 2006 at 7:12AM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired from Gaumont the U.S. rights to "The Valet" (La Doublure) directed and written by Francis Veber ("The Closet"). According to SPC, “'The Valet' focuses around Veber's reoccurring protagonist Francois Pignon, who this time is played by Gad Elmaleh. Pignon and his best friend Richard (Dany Boon) are unassuming car valets at a posh Paris restaurant. After a paparazzi photograph of tycoon Pierre Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) is published kissing the famous Elena, (Alice Taglioni) who also happens to be his mistress, the tycoon needs an airtight excuse to avert his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) from divorcing him. Egged on by his lawyer Maitre Foix (Richard Berry), Levasseur offers Pignon a large sum of money to pretend to be Elena's lover. Pignon, whose proposal of marriage was just turned down by his childhood sweetheart Emilie (Virginie Ledoyen), accepts." "We are thrilled to be doing this deal with Francis Veber and our friends at Gaumont," commented SPC co-presidents Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and EVP, acquisitions and production, Dylan Leiner in a joint statement. "Francis Veber's new movie shows he has not lost his exceptional touch in creating inventive and human laugh out loud comedy featuring brilliant performances. 'The Valet' will give great pleasure to many, many people." [Brian Brooks]
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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired from Gaumont the U.S. rights to "The Valet" (La Doublure) directed and written by Francis Veber ("The Closet"). According to SPC, “'The Valet' focuses around Veber's reoccurring protagonist Francois Pignon, who this time is played by Gad Elmaleh. Pignon and his best friend Richard (Dany Boon) are unassuming car valets at a posh Paris restaurant. After a paparazzi photograph of tycoon Pierre Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) is published kissing the famous Elena, (Alice Taglioni) who also happens to be his mistress, the tycoon needs an airtight excuse to avert his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) from divorcing him. Egged on by his lawyer Maitre Foix (Richard Berry), Levasseur offers Pignon a large sum of money to pretend to be Elena's lover. Pignon, whose proposal of marriage was just turned down by his childhood sweetheart Emilie (Virginie Ledoyen), accepts." "We are thrilled to be doing this deal with Francis Veber and our friends at Gaumont," commented SPC co-presidents Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and EVP, acquisitions and production, Dylan Leiner in a joint statement. "Francis Veber's new movie shows he has not lost his exceptional touch in creating inventive and human laugh out loud comedy featuring brilliant performances. 'The Valet' will give great pleasure to many, many people." [Brian Brooks]

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