Magazine article Screen International

Gaumont’s 'Heartstrings' Pulls Sales

Magazine article Screen International

Gaumont’s 'Heartstrings' Pulls Sales

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Gaumont has been pulling in sales on Michel Boujenah's touching drama Heartstrings, starring French violin prodigy Alix Vaillot as a young musician battling blindness, ahead of its official roll-out at the AFM. Other cast include Charles Berling and Pascal Elbe.

The film has sold to Japan (Kino Films), Canada (AZ Films) and Korea (Woo Sung). A deal to Germany and Switzerland (Ascot Elite) was announced over the summer. "It's rare to get a Japanese pre-sale on a script for a French film," comments Gaumont's deputy head of international sales Yohann Comte.

The comedy-drama - based on Pascal Ruter's best-seller Le Coeur en Braille - is in the vein of this year's French box-office hit La Famille Bélier, adds Comte. Vaillot plays a young girl with musical aspirations, battling her parents' plans to put her in an institution for the blind. …

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