Tribeca Film Acquires U.S. Rights to French Hit “Romantics Anonymous” from StudioCanal

By Rachel Menendez “Romantics Anonymous” is a smash hit in France and received an impressive response at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

In a move that continues to cement Tribeca Films as a distributor of some of recent times more interesting films, the company has just announced it has acquired the distribution rights to Romantics Anonymous.

Romantics Anonymous is a smash hit in France and received an impressive response at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

The film tells the story of Angélique Delange (Isabelle Carré, Private Fears in Public Places), an unemployed, but gifted, chocolate-maker with a lifelong case of uncontrollable shyness that prevents her from properly sharing her confectionary talents. Jean-René Van Den Hugde (Benoît Poelvoorde, Coco Before Chanel) suffers from a similar case of terminal abashment and runs a fledgling chocolate company in desperate need of a new direction.

When Jean-René hires Angélique as the new sales associate, the two nervous Nellies must face their deepest fears. With the chocolate business hanging in the balance, they are forced to fess up to their hidden sweet affections for each other.

With similar disarming charm to fellow French flick, Amelie, Romantics Anonymous is one of those movies that provides its fair share of warm fuzzies and a sense of contentment with the world.

According to Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative officer, Tribeca Enterprises: “French films have the rare ability to transcend boundaries and bring audiences together. We’re enormously pleased to have reached a deal in Cannes for this film, which has great comic moments, wonderful characters and extraordinary performances.”

“Romantics Anonymous is universal in its appeal and its treatment of love and romance. We look forward to bringing it to a wider audience in the U.S.”

“At Tribeca Film Festival the audience welcomed Romantics Anonymous with such warmth, when we debated after the screenings people were so connected to the humor and emotion of the film, that I am particularly happy to know the film will be distributed in the United States and this conversation with American audiences will carry on,” said Jean-Pierre Améris.

Jean-Pierre Améris directed and co-wrote the film with Philippe Blasband. The producers are Nathalie Gastaldo and Philippe Godeau. Studio Canal released the film in France, where it has taken in more than $9 million to date at the box office.

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