The last time Eleanor Coppola sat in the director’s chair for a feature-length film was in 1991 for the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. Fast forward 25 years later and she has finally made her narrative feature directorial debut with the comedy PARIS CAN WAIT. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and Sony Pictures Classics has managed to land the North American rights to the pic.
The film, also written and produced by Coppola, stars Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard and Alec Baldwin. Lane plays an American woman in a tired marriage who finds herself on an unforeseen road trip from Cannes to Paris with a dashing Frenchman. A seven-hour drive unexpectedly takes two days with many diversions.
Fred Roos produced the pic alongside Coppola. Michael Zakin, Lisa Hamilton Daly, Tanya Lopez, Rob Sharenow and Molly Thompson serve as executive producers. ICM Partners and Barry Hirsch brokered the U.S. deal while Molly Thompson worked on behalf of A+E and Lifetime Films. The film is an American Zoetrope and Lifetime Films production in association with Corner Piece Capital and Tohokushinsha Film Corp.
“My long journey making my first fiction feature ended in Toronto to a welcoming audience, and I’m thrilled that Michael, Tom, Dylan and their team at Sony Pictures Classics will release it,” said Coppola in a statement. “They are the ‘gold standard’ in bringing very interesting, high-quality films to the big screen over many years. I look forward to working with them to show Paris Can Wait to an even wider audience.”
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by Deadline.