A MENâ€™S DREAM â€“ Exclusive Screen Daily News
TF1 kicks off sales on FIFA picture A Men's Dream
6 September, 2013 | By Melanie Goodfellow
EXCLUSIVE: English-language picture stars GĂ©rard Depardieu, Sam Neill, Tim Roth and Jemima West.
TF1 International is launching sales on FrĂ©dĂ©ric Auburtinâ€™s FIFA picture A Menâ€™s Dream starring GĂ©rard Depardieu as the soccer federationâ€™s colourful co-founder and World Cup creator Jules Rimet.
The English-language picture captures the history of the 110-year-old International Federation of Association Football through the intertwining stories of Rimet, long-serving Brazilian FIFA president Joao Havelange and Swiss Sepp Blatter who is currently at the helm of the organisation.
Sam Neill plays Havelange and Tim Roth plays Blatter.
â€śWe picked up the project because we think it will appeal to a large and wide audienceâ€¦ not just hardcore football fans. The film tells the human story behind this huge world body through the lives of these three passionate, emblematic figures,â€ť said TF1 International sales chief Sabine Chemaly.
The film, produced by Paris-based Thelma Films and Leuviah Films, was shot this summer in various locations across Europe, Africa and South America and is currently in post-production. It is scheduled for delivery by May 2014, in time for the World Cup which kicks off in Brazil next June.
â€śFIFA gave its full support to the project. Aside from giving the production access to its archives it also allowed the film to shoot in its headquarters in Zurichâ€¦ which is a first,â€ť revealed Chemaly.
French director Aubertin co-wrote the script with Jean-Paul Delfino, a former footballer-turned-novelist who has written several works set against the backdrop of Brazil.
Other production credits rising Chilean cinematographer Inti Briones; editor Olivier Gajan, who has just completed Grace of Monaco, and costume designer Charlotte David whose recent work includes the wardrobe for the 1950s-set, French romantic comedy Populaire.
Continuing the sporting theme, other titles on TF1 Internationalâ€™s slate include US actor-turned-director Jason Momoaâ€™s Kane about a former Detroit-based boxer who enters the cityâ€™s lucrative but harsh world of underground fighting to pay for his ex-wifeâ€™s cancer treatment.
Momoa is also producing through his Pride of Gypsies production company alongside Steve Hoban of Toronto-based Copperheart Entertainment. The project is in pre-production and will be ready late 2014.
Other upcoming films include French director Tonie Marshallâ€™s new romantic comedy Sex, Love & Therapy starring Patrick Bruel and Sophie Marceau as a recovering sex addict and nymphomaniac who fall for one another but try to take it slow.
The picture is currently shooting for a late 2014 delivery. Warner is handling the picture in France.
Other titles on the TF1 slate include the previously announced World War Two romantic tragedy Suite Francaise and Dennis Huackâ€™s thriller Too Late.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Cinepresse/ TF1 International
Kirschvanessa@cinepresse.fr +33 6 11 73 42 06