Wellspring Skips a "Beat" for New Audiard Feature this Summer
by Brian Brooks
French director Jacques Audiard's 2005 Berlin competition feature "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" has been acquired by Wellspring, the company announced Monday. Marie Therese Guirgis, Wellspring's head of acquisitions negotiated the deal with Charlotte Mickie of Paris-based sales company, Celluloid Dreams. Wellspring plans a summer theatrical release.
The film, which features a critically lauded performance by Romain Duris ("L'Auberge Espagnol"), is a remake of James Toback's 1970s noir film, "Fingers," set in Paris. Audiard, whose past credits include "Read My Lips," casts Duris as Tom, described by Wellspring as "a hungry and aggressive real estate shark who is torn between emulating his father's life as a thug and pursuing his musical aspirations. A chance encounter with his late mother's music agent rekindles his long dormant passion for the piano and offers a chance to break free from a preordained life of crime. Yet at the same time, his father becomes embroiled in a deal gone wrong with a Russian Mafioso which soon becomes headed for a violent showdown."
"The Beat That My Heart Skipped" won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale this year for Best Music for Alexandre Desplat's classical/pop score. The film also features Niels Arestrup, Linh-Dan Pham, Aure Atika and "Read My Lips" star Emmanuelle Devos, who is also featured in Wellspring's upcoming "Kings and Queen."
"With this film, Jacques Audiard proves to be one of the most accomplished and entertaining directors in the world," commented Guirgis in a statement. "Romain Duris is extraordinary and has created one of the most unforgettable characters of recent years. We are so happy to collaborate with Audiard, his producer Pascal Caucheteux and Celluloid Dreams again."
In addition to Arnaud Desplechin's "Kings and Queen," upcoming Wellspring releases include Todd Solondz's "Palindromes," Rupert Murray's Sundance favorite "Unknown White Male" and Thomas Vinterberg's "Dear Wendy," written by Lars Von Trier and starring Jamie Bell and Bill Pullman. Wellspring Media, Inc. is a division of American Vantage Media Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Vantage Companies.