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Pathe acquires French distribution for Audrey Diwan’s Emmanuelle, which stars Naomi Watts and Will Sharpe

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The film will be released in France by Pathe and France Televisions has pre-bought the film for local TV broadcast. Pathe will release the film in France and France Televisions has pre-bought the film for local TV broadcast.


is Diwan’s first English-language feature from Venice Golden Lion-winning

Happening director Diwan also features Jamie Campbell Bower, Chacha Huang and Anthony Wong in supporting roles. Filming began in October in Hong Kong and Paris. Noemie Merlant is the titular character in the erotic thriller based on a co-written script by Diwan and Rebecca Zlotowski. Diwan has kept plot details minimal for her version, but it is based on the world and character created by Arsan. The story was previously adapted into a 1974 film directed by Just Jaeckin.Source: Pathe

‘Emmanuelle’Diwan reteamed with Happening producers Rectangle Productions who produce alongside Chantelouve and Goodfellas. The Veterans will handle international sales, while CAA Media Finance will handle the US. Vincent Maraval, The Veterans’ Vincent Maraval, confirmed to Screen that no US deal had yet been made. Merlant, originally set to star Lea Seydoux in

, came on early 2024. The actress, who is best known for her breakout role as Celine Sciamma in Portrait of a Lady on Fire, has appeared in a number of films in the last few months, from Todd Field’s upcoming 2022 Tar, to Louis Garrel’s Cesar-winning 11001010The Innocent,


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A difficult year. Watts, a two-time Oscar nominee, was recently seen in Prime Video’s drama

Goodnight Mommy. She also starred in Ryan Murphy’s thriller The Witnesser on Netflix. Sharpe is best known as the male lead of the film. He is best-known for his award winning breakout role in

The White Lotus season 2.1001010Rectangle productions is also behind Valerie Donzelli’s 2023 Cannes drama Just The Two of Us and the upcoming May 2024 release The Fantastic Three. GAGA will distribute Emmanuelle in Japan. Wild Bunch will have German rights. Beta Fiction will release the film in Spain. Ascot-Elite will release the film in Switzerland. Nashe Kino will be releasing the film in Eastern Europe.

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