Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films have acquired writer/director Valérie Lemercier's film Aline for an early 2022 U.S. theatrical release. Lemercier also plays the title character at ages 5, 12 and into adulthood.
A two-time Cesar Award-winning filmmaker, Lemercier's musical dramedy begins in 1960s Quebec as Sylvette and Anglomard welcome their fourteenth 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’s script was written 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 co-production 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 in French theatres.
Starring 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, executive vice president, international sales & distribution, Gaumont.
The deal was negotiated by Roadside's Howard Cohen, Goldwyn's Peter Goldwyn, and Gaumont's Alexis Cassanet.