TIFF: Strand Releasing Takes U.S. Rights to 'Summertime'
Catherine Corsini’s lesbian love story is set in the feminist movement of the 1970s.
Strand Releasing has picked up U.S. rights to Summertime, a lesbian love story from French director Catherine Corsini (Leaving).
Set in 1970s Paris, at the height of the feminist movement, it tells the story of two woman (played by Cecile De France and singer-turned-actress Izia Higelin) from very different backgrounds who find themselves falling madly in love with one another.
Summertime premiered in Locarno and will first screen in Toronto's special presentation section on Sunday.
Strand handled the U.S. Release of Corsini’s 2001 drama La Repetition. Pyramide International is handling world sales for the film and released the title in France, where it grossed around $1.7 million.
Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Catherine Corsini’s “Summertime” in the run up to its North American premiere in Toronto’s Special Presentation section.
A 1970s-set period romance drama, “Summertime” tells the tale of two women from different backgrounds who fall madly in love against the feminist movement of the time.
The movie, which earned warm reviews following its world premiere at Locarno, toplines Cecile de France and singer-turned-thesp Izia Higelin.
The deal was struck by Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and Pyramide Intl.’s Agathe Valentin.
“We’re thrilled to represent Corsini and this amazing work,” Gerrans said. “It captures the period and struggles of the LGBT community in that period very realistically in a beautiful way, the chemistry of the two lead actresses is amazing.”
Valentin said Strand Releasing’s team comprises “real film lovers dedicated to arthouse cinema.” She added, “They know exactly how to bring the film to the american audience and the exposure it deserves.”
Strand Releasing handled the U.S. distribution of Corsini’s “La Repetition,” which opened at Cannes.
“Summertime” has already been acquired by Alamode in Germany and Austria, Golem in Spain, Palace in Australia and New Zealand, Cineworx in Switzerland, Athena in Benelux and Providence Filmes in Brazil.
Released by Pyramide Distribution on Aug. 19 in France, “Summertime” has grossed a healthy €1.5 million ($1.7 million) at the B.O.
Headed by Gerrans and Marcus Hu, the L.A.-based Strand Releasing boasts an eclectic slate of arthouse hits, including Eran Riklis’ “A Borrowed Identity,” Fatih Akin’s “The Cut,” Ulrich Seidl’s “In the Basement” and Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato.”
Strand is planning a theatrical release next spring.