Starring Lucie Zheng, Makita Samba, Jehnny Beth and Noémie Merlant of Portrait of a Lady on Fire
NEW YORK, NY (March 5, 2021) – IFC Films announced today that they are acquiring U.S. rights to ‘PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT,’ directed, produced and co-written by award winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard. Audiard’s credits include the Palme d’Or winning DHEEPAN also released by IFC Films, Academy-Award® nominated A PROPHET, RUST AND BONE and the recent THE SISTERS BROTHERS. He wrote the script with Céline Sciamma, who recently debuted her follow-up PETITE MAMAN in competition at this year’s Berlinale, and won best screenplay at Cannes 2019 for PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE along with a Golden Globe nomination, and Léa Mysius (AVA). The film stars newcomer Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Jehnny Beth and award winning actress Noémie Merlant (PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE). ‘PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT’ is adapted from well-known cartoonist, Adrian Tomine’s collection of graphic short stories KILLING AND DYING. He is most celebrated for his books OPTIC NERVE and SHORTCOMING, and his frequent contributions to The New Yorker. The film is produced by Valérie Schermann, edited by Juliette Welfling and the director of photography is Paul Guilhaume.
Paris, 13th District today. Émilie meets Camille who is attracted to Nora, who crosses the path of Amber. Three girls and a boy redefine what modern love is.
Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films said, “Jacques Audiard and Céline Sciamma are two of the most visionary filmmakers in the industry, and the collaboration of talent across the board is simply tremendous. Everything about ‘PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT’ is what excites us most about cinema.”
Nicolas Brigaud-Robert founder and co-head of Playtime adds “ PARIS, 13th DISTRICT is a 21st century love story, rules of attraction may be eternal but are constantly redefined. Audiard captures in this film what exactly it means to be in love in today’s world in both a daring and immensely elegant way.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by President of IFC Films Arianna Bocco with Nicolas Brigaud-Robert founder and co-head of Playtime on behalf of the filmmakers. Playtime is handling worldwide sales with Memento releasing in France.
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