By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire March 17, 2011 at 9:38AM
Fresh off its North American premiere at Rendezvous with French Cinema in New York, Strand Releasing nabbed Philippe Le Guay's Gallic comedy "Service Entrance" for U.S. distribution.
Set in 60s Paris, the film follows a conservative couple whose lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.
Strand plans for a late 2011 release.
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Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Philippe Le Guay’s touching comedy, SERVICE ENTRANCE which just had its North American premiere at Rendezvous with French Cinema in New York. SERVICE ENTRANCE boasts a stellar cast including Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Carmen Maura and Natalia Verbeke.
Set in Paris, 1960, Jean Louis Joubert (Luchini) lives a peaceful, yet boring bourgeois existence with this wife (Kiberlain), a perfect socialite, the conservative couple has their world turned upside down when Spanish maids, Concepcion (Maura) and her niece Maria (Verbeke) integrate into the Joubert family when they work and comingle with them.
The deal was concluded between Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Charlotte Boucon of SND Goupe M6.
"We're delighted that Rendezvous with French Cinema in New York served as the springboard for this acquisition", said John Kochman of Unifrance USA. "It reconfirms to us the importance of putting French sellers and American buyers together at this key film event between Berlin and Cannes".
SND handles France and international on SERVICE ENTRANCE which has already been sold to over 40 territories. In France, the movie that opened on February 16th following its World Premiere at the Berlinale (Official Selection) already passed 1.5 million admissions.
Strand has had a long history of handling French auteurs with works by Francois Ozon, Andre Techine, Catherine Breillat, Jean Luc Godard, Claude Miller, Benoit Jacquot, Jacques Nolot, Claire Denis, Patrice Chereau and Gaspar Noe in the library.
“We’re thrilled to have this film in our library and am excited to work with Mr. LeGuay,” said Marcus Hu of Strand Releasing.
SERVICE ENTRANCE was produced by Philippe Rousselet and his company Vendome Pictures, which produced SOURCE CODE directed by Duncan Jones and starring Jake Gyllenhaal which had its premiere at SXSW and LARRY CROWNE, directed by Tom Hanks and starring Hanks and Julia Roberts.
Strand Releasing is based in Culver City, CA. Strand’s current slate includes UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, Breillat’s THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Miller’s I’M GLAD MY MOTHER IS ALIVE, Pablo Trapero’s CARANCHO and Clio Barnard’s THE ARBOR.