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French Hit HEARTBREAKER Acquired

Posted on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 by Lauren

Tags: Acquisitions, HEARTBREAKER, News, Pascal Chaumeil, Romain Duris


New York (NY) (April 16, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today it is acquiring U.S. rights to the French smash hit HEARTBREAKER (L’ARNACOEUR), the debut feature from Pascal Chaumeil. The film is produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, and Laurent Zeitoun, with a screenplay by Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner, and Yoann Gromb. The film will have its North American premiere on April 19 at COLCOA (City of Lights City of Angels) in Los Angeles and will then make its East Coast premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.

The deal for HEARTBREAKER was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Lizzie Nastro for IFC Films and with Grégoire Melin of Kinology.

Set against the glamorous backdrop of Monte Carlo, HEARTBREAKER is an action-packed romantic comedy, starring César Award winner Vanessa Paradis (Girl on the Bridge, The Key) and art house heartthrob Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Paris, Russian Dolls). Professional “Don Juan” Alex (Duris), his sister (Julie Ferrier), and her husband (François Damiens) have a budding young business: they break hearts for a living. When a client hires Alex and his team to help break up a happily engaged couple before their wedding day, they find themselves facing their toughest job yet.

IFC Films will release HEARTBREAKER via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings critically-acclaimed independent movies to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.

President of IFC Entertainment Jonathan Sehring said: “HEARTBREAKER is one of the most charming romantic comedies to be made on either side of the Atlantic in many years. We’re absolutely delighted to be in business with Grégoire Melin of Kinology and look forward to bringing this hit film by the very gifted Pascal Chaumeil to American audiences.”

HEARTBREAKER recently opened in France to critical praise and has quickly become an audience favorite and box office success.

About the Filmmaker
Pascal Chaumeil wrote and directed his first short film in 1995, Des Hommes Avec Des Bas, which was awarded Best Short at the 1996 Festival du Film Policier in Cognac. He followed with the science-fiction short Liens Sacrés (2001). Before directing Heartbreaker, his first feature, Chaumeil worked on several feature films with Luc Besson as a First Assistant Director (The Professional) and Second Unit Director (The Fifth Element, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc). He has also directed over 100 commercials and directed films for television such as Clémence (2003) and Mer Belle à Agitée (2006), as well as episodes for the acclaimed TV series Spiral (2005), L’État de Grâce (2006), Desperate Parents (2007/2008) and Duel en Ville (2008).


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