Isabelle Huppert-August Diehl Ghost Movie ‘Sidonie in Japan’ Boarded by Indie Sales (EXCLUSIVE) Most Popular Must Read Sign Up for Variety Newsletters More From Our Brands

Indie Sales has acquired “Sidonie in Japan,” Elise Girard’s romance starring Oscar nominees Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and August Diehl (“A Hidden Life”).

Huppert plays Sidonie Percival, an established French writer who mourns her deceased husband. Invited to Japan for a re-edition of her first book, she is welcomed by a local editor who takes her to Kyoto, where she slowly opens up to the Japanese spring flowers as they travel along. Is. But the ghost of her husband haunts Sidonie. She has to finally let go of the past in order to love herself again.

Indie Sales will introduce “Sidonie in Japan” to buyers in the European film market. Now in post, the film will be completed in the spring. Arthouse Films will handle the French release.

“Sidonie in Japan” was produced by Sébastien Haguenauer through his Paris-based outfit 10:15! Productions, in association with Lupa Film GmbH, Fourier Films Inc. and Box Productions.

“Alice Gerrard’s new film brings us a delightful performance from Isabelle Huppert in an extraordinary, surreal ghost story,” said Alfred Deragon, head of indie sales acquisitions.

Girard’s previous films include “Belleville-Tokyo” with Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim, and “Drôle d’oiseaux” with Lolita Chammah.

The slate of indie sales at EFM also includes two films that played at the Berlin Film Festival, most notably Milad Alami’s panorama title “Makhil,” about a man and his family who flee Iran after a devastating rumor. He was forced to be and reached Sweden. and Zeno Graton’s Generation 14+ selection “The Lost Boys,” set in a juvenile correctional facility. Indie Sales will also host the first market screening for “Richard the Stork 2,” the sequel to the animated feature sold in 155 territories.

Also on indie sales’ EFM slate are Mark Fetossi’s 2023 comedy hit “Two Tickets to Grace,” Naomi Levowski’s “The Great Magic,” Matthias Goklop’s “The Assembly Line” and Imad Alibrahim Dehkurdi’s “A Tale of Shamron.” .

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