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ISA of the Day: BAC Films

Photo of Sydney Levine By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz November 7, 2013 at 8:30AM

Paris-based BAC Films, one of France's most respected sales agent, production company and distributor will be showing a promo of the long awaited film, El Ardor co-produced by and starring Gael Garcia Bernal. This is the second co-production of Canana, and Participant Media's Participant Panamerica.
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Pablo Fendrik's 'El Ardor'
Pablo Fendrik's 'El Ardor'
Paris-based BAC Films, one of France's most respected sales agent, production company and distributor will be showing a promo of the long awaited film, El Ardor co-produced by and starring Gael Garcia Bernal. This is the second co-production of Canana, the production and distribution company of Gael Garcia Bernal,Diego Luna,Pablo Cruz and Julian Levin and Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media's Participant Panamerica. The Academy Award nominated NO was their first film together.


Exemplary of the wide range of programming being sold by international sales agents today, BAC is offering coproductions from France-Belgium-Luxembourg (The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears), France-Italy (Human Capital), Iceland-Denmark (Fusi), Sweden-Norway (The Quiet Roar) and a script in French only, from France starring Ludivine Sagnier entitled Fool Circle.

BAC Films' David Grumbach
BAC Films' David Grumbach

This month prolific producer David Grumbach acquired BAC films with the backing of a consortium of French and European investors. Previously a subsidiary of the publicly traded BAC Majestic which was majority owned by the animation house Millimages, it will now independently control BAC Films Distribution, the BAC brands and the exclusive right to sell the BAC back catalogue. BAC Films Distribution currently controls a 0.45% stake in the French market.

Grumbach's production companies Juliette Film and Jaya Productions will continue to operate as he becomes CEO. Eric Chinchon, a Luxembourg-based business structuring and financing specialist, will act as CFO.

Grumbach said he intended to grow the company in the direction of “a full service European mini major capable of intervening in the entire process of a film’s creation.”

To that end, BAC will board international projects at an earlier stage and have a strong presence throughout development, financing, production and distribution.

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's 'The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears'
Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's 'The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears'

BAC’s managing director, Mathieu Robinet will remain in place, overseeing the core activities of acquisition and theatrical, TV, DVD and VOD distribution, international sales and production.

There will be no changes to the current distribution and sales teams. Head of Sales, Gilles Sousa has spearheaded the expansion of the sales line-up since his arrival in 2011. Recent pictures on the slate Human Capital, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, The Quiet Roar and Ardor.


Grumbach’s recent co-production credits include Ari Folman’s The Congress and Sylvie Testud’s Another Woman’s Life. Upcoming productions include Rob and Ronan Burke’s Standby.

French-born Grumbach started out as a production manager in Luxembourg, before working as a producer for Paul Thiltges Distributions. His consortium-backed acquisition of BAC Films comes six years after its founder Jean Labadie was ousted as managing director of the company by the majority shareholder Millimages

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Labadie originally created BAC in 1986, floating the company in 2000 under the Bac Majestic banner. Animation house Millimages took over as the majority shareholder in 2004, after the company over-diversified and hit financial problems.

Recent and upcoming releases include Oggy and the Cockroaches, Northwest and Human Capital.


This article is related to: BAC Films , David Grumbach, Canana , Gael Garcia Bernal, Gael García Bernal, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Diego Luna, Pablo Larraín, Pablo Larrain, Pablo Larraín, No, International Sales Agent, International Film Festival, International Film Market, International Film Business, El Ardor/The Burning, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

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