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Toronto: Tribeca Film Buys ‘Bright Days Ahead’

Film follows retired woman’s romance with a younger man

Tribeca Film will acquire U.S. rights to Marion Vernoux’s  “Bright Days Ahead,” the indie company said Friday from the Toronto International Film Festival.

The purchase comes as the French film is scheduled to make its North American premiere at the Canadian festival on Friday night.

The film, with a screenplay adapted by Vernoux from Fanny Chesnel’s novel “Une jeune fille aux cheveux blancs” (A Young Girl with Gray Hair), stars César-winning actress Fanny Ardant and was produced by Les Films du Kiosque and 27.11 Production.

It follows a retired woman who gets fed up with idle days and joins the neighborhood senior club. There she finds an unlikely lover in a young computer science teacher, and finds herself blossoming from the May-December romance.

“‘Bright Days Ahead’ is the kind of engaging adult drama we rarely get to see,” Geoffrey Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, said. “Fanny Ardent, one of the icons of French Cinema, plays a woman of a certain age rediscovering herself, her sexuality and her zest for life. In a role that seems made for her, Ardent’s performance soars with sensuousness in captivating romance that is both real and gratifying,”