Magnolia Buys US Rights to Jerome Salle Thriller Kompromat

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the US rights to Kompromat, an action thriller directed by Jerome Salle (The Largo Winch) and starring Gilles Lellouche (The Stronghold) and Joanna Kulig (Cold War). SND, the commercial arm of M6, represents the film in international markets.

Loosely based on a true story, “Kompromat” stars Lellouche as a French diplomat working in Siberia who is arrested overnight by Russian authorities. Accused and imprisoned of sexually abusing his own daughter, he realizes he is the victim of a compromise. Someone is working with the FSB (Federal Security Service) to frame him. His only way out is to escape.

“‘Kompromat’ is an incredibly suspenseful espionage thriller,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Jerome Salle and the all-star cast have delivered an exceptional film.”

Salle, who co-wrote the screenplay with Caryl Ferre, a well-known French crime writer, said, “The story of ‘Kompromat’ is really relevant to our times,” adding that “US audiences see the film through their own lens will see”. Salle previously directed Zulu, starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, and L’Odyssée, a biopic about Jacques-Yves Cousteau, starring Lambert Wilson and Pierre Niney.

‘Kompromat’ was released in France by SND on September 7th and was one of the top-grossing French films of the month. SND has since sold the film to major distributors worldwide, including Germany, Austria and Italy (Koch Media), Spain (A Contracorriente), Switzerland (Pathé), Benelux (Athena), Australia and New Zealand (Palace), Poland (Monolith) and Ex-Yugoslavia (Blitz). Upcoming releases are planned in Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Australia and Spain, among others.

“SND did a great job for the French release, which is a success, and we can’t wait for the film to reach US audiences thanks to a partner as renowned as Magnolia Pictures,” said Albane de Jourdan, who directed the film produced at Super 8 Productions. De Jourdan said the “themes explored in this thriller are more relevant than ever”.

Ramy Nahas, SND’s Head of International Sales, commented, “Magnolia has a strong track record of successfully releasing international feature films in the United States.”

Lellouche is one of France’s most bankable local actors. He notably headlined Cedric Jimenez’s The Stronghold, Netflix’s hit thriller.

Executive producers are Albane de Jourdan, Jerome Salle and Marc Simoni. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia John Von Thaden with SND’s Ramy Nahas on behalf of the filmmaker. Magnolia Buys US Rights to Jerome Salle Thriller Kompromat

Charles Jones

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