Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn team up for U.S. release of fictional Celine Dion inspired film ‘Aline’
Cannes sensation Aline — with Valérie Lemercier’s buzzworthy star turn of the titular character at ages 5, 12 and into adulthood — has been acquired for an early 2022 U.S. theatrical release by Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Two time Cesar Award-winning writer/director/star Lemercier’s musical dramedy begins in 1960s Quebec. Sylvette and Anglomard welcome their 14th child, Aline. In this modest family, music is king. When a producer discovers Aline and her golden voice, he has only one idea in mind: to make her the greatest singer in the world. Supported by her family, guided by Guy Claude’s experience and budding love for her, Aline will create an extraordinary destiny for herself.
A fiction freely inspired by the life of Celine Dion, Aline is directed by Valérie Lemercier from a script by Lemercier and Brigitte Buc. Producers are Édouard Weil, Alice Girard and Sidonie Dumas; Associate Producer Laurent Zeitoun; Coproduced by André Rouleau, Valérie d’Auteuil and Patrick Vandenbosch.
Executive produced by Belga Productions. A coproduction of Rectangle Productions, Gaumont, TF1 Films Production, De l’huile, Caramel Films, Belga Productions. With the participation of Entourage Pictures, Canal+ & Ciné+, TF1, TMC and TFX. Produced with the participation of Téléfilm Canada.
Gaumont will release the film on November 10, 2021 in French theaters.
Starring Valérie Lemercier, Sylvain Marcel, Danielle Fichaud, Roc Lafortune, Antoine Vézina, Pascale Desrochers, Jean-Noël Brouté. Aline’s singing voice is Victoria Sio.
“Valérie’s tour de force performance as an emerging worldwide singing superstar created an enormous splash at Cannes this year, and we think American audiences will be every bit as thrilled to discover this one-of-a-kind entertainer in movie theaters early in 2022,” said Roadside and Goldwyn in a joint statement.
“We are very proud to team up with two emblematic independent US distributors such as Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films. Both companies have impressive track records and many awards to their credits. Aline is in good hands and we are eager to see Valerie Lemercier’s love letter to Celine Dion to be released in the US,” said Alexis Cassanet, EVP International Sales & Distribution of Gaumont.
The deal was negotiated by Roadside’s Howard Cohen, Goldwyn’s Peter Goldwyn and Gaumont’s Alexis Cassanet.