Seville International secures international rights to the legendary filmmaker’s new project currently in post-production
Montréal – May 1, 2018 - Seville International is pleased to announce it has secured international rights to Academy Award® winner Denys Arcand’s new film THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE, the follow up to his 1986 critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE. The film, which is currently in post-production, was written and directed by Arcand and produced by Academy Award® winner Denise Robert. In 2004, THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS, written and directed by Denys Arcand and produced by Denise Robert, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in addition to being nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category. Arcand and Robert have since collaborated on multiple award winning and critically acclaimed films.
“Denys and I are looking forward in sharing our latest production with audiences all over the world’’, said Denise Robert, the film’s producer. ‘’We’re also thrilled to collaborate with Anick and the team at Seville International in making this film accessible to all.”
THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE takes a witty yet touching look at the predominance of money in a society where all other values seem to have crumbled. The protagonist, Pierre-Paul Daoust, 36, an intellectual with a PhD in philosophy is forced to work as a deliveryman to afford a decent living. One day, while delivering a parcel, he gets caught in a hold up gone terribly wrong: two dead and millions in money bags laying on the ground. Pierre-Paul is confronted with a dilemma: leave empty handed, or take the money and run?
“We are all subjects of the American Empire. The moral rot of the Empire has started to infect us. Money’s omnipotence is but one of the symptoms. Will we find antibiotics powerful enough to fight the gangrene?” – Denys Arcand
“It is an honour and a privilege to work closely with such a revered filmmaker as Denys Arcand. He is a visionary. I am a fierce admirer of his work and thrilled to be working with him and Denise again,” said Anick Poirier, SVP of Sales, Seville International. “THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE offers a compelling and humorous look at how our society has evolved for better or worse.”
Alexandre Landry (Gabrielle) stars as Pierre-Paul Daoust with newcomer Maripier Morin, Louis Morissette (The Mirage), Maxim Roy (Look Again), Pierre Curzi (The Barbarian Invasions), Vincent Leclerc (The Revenant), Patrick Émmanuel Abellard, Florence Longpré (Threesome) and Eddy King rounding out the cast. Rémy Girard, a well-known actor who has previously collaborated with the director, completes the ensemble. This film marks his reunion with Arcand; the two worked together on THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE (1986) in which Girard portrayed leading role as well as on Arcand’s Oscar-winning film The Barbarian Invasions.
The deal was negotiated by Poirier for Seville International and Denise Robert on behalf of Cinémaginaire.
Les Films Seville will release the film in Quebec on June 28, 2018.
Cinémaginaire inc. has produced numerous international award winning films and tv series. Amongst them, Best Foreign Language Academy Award winner The Barbarian Invasions, Days of Darkness and Stardom (Denys Arcand), The Confessionnal (Robert Lepage), The Rocket (Charles Binamé), Mambo Italiano (Émile Gaudreault), Father and Guns I & II (Émile Gaudreault) which have both won a Golden Screen Award for the highest grossing Canadian film at the box-office in 2010 and 2017, and 1:54 (Yan England), a film on cyberbullying which was shown at the United Nations Headquarters in New York followed by a discussion with world-renowned experts on the subject.
More details and complete filmography at www.cinemaginaire.com
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