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John Malkovich, Fanny Ardant Comedy-Drama ‘Mr. Blake at your service!” A multitude of offers for France TV Distribution

EXCLUSIVE: France tv distribution has unveiled a first fundraiser for the first feature film by successful French writer Gilles Legardinier Mr. Blake at your service!bringing together John Malkovich and Fanny Ardant on the big screen.

The film was acquired for Germany and Austria (MFA+ Film Distribution), Italy (Adler Entertainment), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Spain and Portugal (A Contracorriente Films), Switzerland (Praesens Film), Bulgaria (Cinelibri), Poland (Best Film), ex-Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom Film) as well as for Australia and New Zealand (Rialto Distribution).

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The dramatic comedy is adapted from Legardinier’s best-selling 2012 French novel Completely burnt out! which has sold over one million copies sold in France and has been translated into 17 languages ​​in 22 countries.

Malkovich stars as Andrew Blake, a recently widowed British businessman who works as a butler in a faded mansion in northern France, near where he and his late wife spent the early days of their romance. .

The arrival of this very British guest will be a turning point for the eccentric hostess, played by Ardant, and her exhausted staff, who have all lost their way.

At the same time as he resets his own life, Blake will bring them back to life, prompting them to begin working together to restore the mansion’s former beauty and rekindle their individual quests.

Malkovich and Ardant previously appeared on the big screen together in the 2015 period drama Variants of Casanova.

The cast also includes the Belgian Émilie Dequenne, elected best actress at Cannes in Jean-Pierre and the Palme d’Or by Luc Dardenne. Rosette in 1999, and the French actor Philippe Bas, best known for the detective series Profiling.

Mr. Blake at your service!

Mr. Blake at your service!

“From the start, when France tv Distribution announced the project, we had no doubt that the cinematic adaptation of this bestseller could be one of the most important titles in our catalog of titles,” said David Mitjans, procurement manager. at A Contracorriente Films in Spain.

“I am very happy to bring this image to Italian theaters and to all moviegoers who are always looking for authentic, emotional and uplifting theatrical stories,” commented Marco Colombo, CEO of Adler Entertainment in Italy.

The feature film is produced by the Luxembourg company Bidibul Productions and the French company Superprod.

“We are happy to see the strong interest from buyers around the world since we launched this project, distributors are convinced like us of its commercial potential”, declared Julia Schulte, SVP International Sales at France tv distribution, and Renan Artukmac , Assistant SVP International Sales.

Mr. Blake at your service! has all the elements to be a great popular film: it is based on a huge literary success translated into many languages, a feel-good comedy with a crossroads of generations and cultures, and starred by a strong and glamorous cast at the top of their games. »

Universal Pictures International France will release the film in theaters in France at the end of 2023.

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