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ThinkFilm Gets French Oscar Entry

ThinkFilm Gets French Oscar Entry

ThinkFilm has announced a deal for U.S. rights to “Orchestra Seats” (“Fauteuils D’Orchestre”), France’s Oscar foreign language film entry which has been re-titled “Avenue Montaigne.” Set for a February 2007 release, the film was directed by Daniele Thompson (“La Buche,” “Jet Lag”) and co-written by the filmmaker and her sonChristopher Thompson. It is described as the story of a woman from the French provinces (played by Cecile de France) who moves to Paris and becomes a waitress on the city’s famous fashion boulevard, Avenue Montaigne. Her customers include a number of notable individuals, but according to an announcement, “Precisely because [the woman] doesn’t know how celebrated these people are, her guileless and completely unintimidated engagement in their lives has a transforming effect on them – and ultimately her.” In a statement, ThinkFilm head of U.S. theatrical distribution Mark Urman said, “‘Avenue Montaigne’ has it all – charm, wit, warmth, glamour and style – and it’s that rare foreign language film that both critics and crowds can embrace.” Urman and company VP of acquisitions Daniel Katz negotiated the deal with Pierre Weisben of Greenroom Pictures, representing the filmmakers. Daniele Thompson, daughter of late filmmaker Gerard Oury, made her name as the writer of such films as “Cousin, Cousine,” “La Boum,” “Queen Margot,” and “Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train.” [Eugene Hernandez]

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