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FILM MOVEMENT Acquires North American Rights from STUDIOCANAL to STAY WITH US

janvier 5th, 2023


STAY WITH US is an autobiographical Comedy Directed by and starring acclaimed Actor/Comedian Gad Elmaleh.

The Hilarious, Heartwarming Film Will Be Released Theatrically in 2023, Followed by Release on all Leading Home Entertainment and Digital Platforms.

How would your family react if you returned home after a long absence with the goal of converting? Gad Elmaleh (HUGE IN FRANCE, AMERICAN DREAM) wanted to find out, so he directed, co-wrote and stars in STAY WITH US, a hilarious and heart-warming autobiographical comedy about acceptance, and the importance of family. This Official Selection of the Angoulême French Film Festival has been acquired by Film Movement for North American release; it will roll out to theaters in 2023, followed by a wide release on all leading home entertainment and digital platforms. The announcement was made by Michael Rosenberg, President of Film Movement and Chloe Marquet, SVP International Sales at STUDIOCANAL.

After three years of living the American dream, Elmaleh decides to return to France without daring to admit to his family that he did so to convert to Catholicism. When Gad’s parents, David and Régine, hear the news, it’s a nightmare: their son couldn’t have done worse! Determined to bring Gad back to his Jewishness, they will make his conversion a battlefield. Gad will however manage to make them understand that his sincere love for the Virgin Mary does not call into question who he is or the love he has for them.

“Gad has long been one of the French-speaking world’s most hilarious and talented exports,” says Rosenberg. “While he’s certainly proven his mettle as a dramatic actor, his very funny semi-autobiographical take is sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever decided to forge their own path in life, family wishes be damned.”

“Following the incredibly successful release of STAY WITH US in France we are thrilled to have Film Movement on board in North America for Gad Elmaleh’s autobiographical comedy. We know the talented Film Movement team will put all of their passion behind this special movie in 2023 and can’t wait for audiences to discover Gad’s vision.” says Chloé Marquet.

In addition to STAY WITH US, Film Movement has recently acquired Tunisia’s Oscar submission UNDER THE FIG TREES, Veronique Jadin’s dark workplace comedy, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, the feature documentary, ART TALENT SHOW, the Proxima Grand Prix Award winner at the 2022 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Wen Shipei’s brooding noir, ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?, a 2021 Cannes Camera d’Or nominee, Kamila Andini’s Indonesian period drama BEFORE, NOW & THEN, winner of the Silver Bear Award for Best Supporting Performance at the 2022 Berlinale, Hà Lệ Diễm’s CHILDREN OF THE MIST, winner of the Best International Feature Award at DocAviv, official Cannes selection THE NIGHT OF THE 12TH, an atmospheric French crime thriller helmed by multi-Palme d’Or nominee Dominik Moll, and RETURN TO DUST, Lui Ruijun’s 2022 Golden Bear nominee.