WTFilms’ Gregory Chambet on Riding the New Wave of French Genre Movies

Variety | 1/1/2020 | Martin Dale
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French horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies – in large part generated by a younger generation of directors combining genre and arthouse styles – are a rising force on the international scene. Among the companies riding this genre wave is WTFilms.

French crossover films are a key programming strand at A-list festivals. For example, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight last year opened with Quentin Dupieux’s “Deerskin,” repped by French sales agent WTFilms. The three French films screening at Sundance this year include Zoé Wittock’s “Jumbo,” also repped by WTFilms, about a young woman (Noémie Merlant) who falls in love with a funfair ride, which mixes real-life drama with surrealist fantasy.

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WTFilms was one of the first French sales agents to define its editorial strategy around genre fare. “Deerskin,” which was produced by Arte France Cinéma, Thomas Verhaeghe and Mathieu Verhaeghe, was released in France in June and clocked up 214,000 admissions.

WTFilms’ co-founder, Gregory Chambet, says that French genre films often work better abroad, and has very positive expectations for “Deerskin’s” foreign theatrical releases this year, in particular in English-speaking territories.

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He hopes that it can emulate the strong international performance of the 2018 French zombie movie “The Night Eats the World,” by Dominique Rocher, which he also repped.

“Jumbo” has been sold to several territories in Asia, including Japan and Taiwan, and will be released in France in March on more than 100 screens by Rezo Films.

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Chambet is also selling werewolf movie “Teddy,” directed by the twins Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma, for which he...
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