Magazine article Screen International

Gaumont Racks Up Sales on Ares

Magazine article Screen International

Gaumont Racks Up Sales on Ares

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Post-apocalyptic tale, executive produced by Louis Leterrier, marks feature debut for Jean-Patrick Benes [pictured], director of hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen.

French director Jean-Patrick Benes' post-apocalyptic tale Ares, about a free-fighter trying to keep his family safe, is beginning to entice buyers for Gaumont.

The film, which started shooting last week, has sold to South Korea (Double and Joy), Greece (Odeon), former Yugoslavia (Pa-Dora) and Turkey (Calinos).

As reported yesterday, Tiberius acquired German rights.

It marks a first feature for Benes who wrote and directed the hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen, about a French-run restaurant serving the expat community in post 9/11 Afghanistan. The programme won a Fipa d'Or at the international television festival in Biarritz in 2012.

The feature is co-produced by Gaumont and Matthieu Tarot's Albertine Productions with The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier taking an executive credit.

The film pulls together an impressive crew featuring Colombiana and 3 Days to Kill DOP Dominique Fouassier and visual effects guru Alain Carsoux. …

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