Music Box Buys US Rights To Alice Winocour’s ‘Paris Memories’, Pathe’s Post-Bataclan Drama Starring Virginie Efira

Music Box Buys US Rights To Alice Winocour’s ‘Paris Memories’, Pathe’s Post-Bataclan Drama Starring Virginie Efira

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music box movies has acquired the US distribution rights to Alice Winocour’s heartfelt drama “Paris Memories”, which had its world premiere at the Directors Fortnight of Cannes and had a gala screening in Toronto. It is one of five finalists for France’s official entry for the 95th Academy Awards.

In the critically acclaimed film, Virginie Efira plays Mia, a survivor of the terrorist attack that hit the halls of Paris in November 2015, including the Bataclan concert hall and several bistros. Three months after the tragedy, Mia still feels unable to get her life back on track. so she goes in search of her memories, hoping to find a way back to happiness.

The film has a personal resonance for Winocour whose own brother was in Bataclan on that fateful night of November 13 and survived the attack. Winocour wrote the script in collaboration with Marcia Romano and Jean-Stéphane Bron. Isabelle Madelaine and Émilie Tisné produced the film. Variety’s Guy Lodge wrote in its review that “the drama, while fictionalized, channels post-Bataclan sentiments with tact and humanity.”

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France’s most in-demand star Efira introduced the film in Toronto with a touching speech in which he said that “Alice Winocour found a very fair and honest approach to this tragedy of which we all unfortunately know.” The actor also alluded to the recent trial in Paris in which victims shared their testimonies with “the dignity, courage and solidarity they contain”.

The deal with the US was negotiated by Brian Andreotti of Music Box Films and Marie-Laure Montironi of Pathé Films, Executive Vice President, International Sales. Pathé also distributed Winocour’s latest feature film “Proxima” starring Eva Green and Matt Dillon, and received the special jury prize in San Sebastian in 2020.

The film was released in theaters in France, Belgium and Switzerland last week and has had a healthy run.

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