Paris-based sales agent Other Angle is celebrating its fifth birthday at Cannes with a flurry of deals across its slate, and a pickup.
"The Big Bad Wolf," a French comedy starring Benoit Poelvoorde ("Coco Before Chanel"), Kad Merad ("Welcome to the Sticks") and Charlotte Le Bon ("Yves Saint Laurent"), sold to Canada (Christal), Switzerland (Frenetic) and Benelux (Alternative); deals for Germany, Russia, Spain and Italy are closing.
"Although it's been said that mainstream comedies don't travel well, we have become experts at selling them," said Other Angle topper Olivier Albou. Case in point: "On the Other Side of the Tracks," a buddy cop comedy toplining "Intouchables" star Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte ("Little White Lies"), sold to over 40 territories, including in the U.S. to The Weinstein Co.; and currently ranks as France's top film export for 2013. "Tracks" has racked up over $10 million outside of France.
At Cannes, Other Angle started pre-sales on Berenice Bejo starrer "The Last Diamond," a thriller romance helmed by Eric Barbier; Michel Spinosa's "His Wife," starring real-life couple Yvan Attal and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Shingle is finalizing deals on "The Last Diamond" for Benelux, Switzerland, Germany, Russia and Turkey.
It has also nabbed international sales rights to â¬5 million ($6.5 million) "Babysitting," a high-concept laffer toplining Gerard Jugnot and Clotilde Courau. It's directed by Philippe Lacheau and Nicolas Benhamou ("Porn in the Hood"), and produced by Axel Films ("Moebius") and Madame Films ("JCVD").
Pic turns on an employee who is asked by his boss to babysit his out-of-control teenage son.
Pic will start shooting on June 25.
Universal Pictures Intl. will release the film in France in summer 2014.