A-Z Films Picks up
THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR
A-Z Films has picked up The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, a comedy adventure by Quebec director Ken Scott (Starbuck, Delivery Man, Unfinished Business, La Grande Séduction). Starring the well-known Indian actor Dhanush, and featuring Bérénice Béjo (The Artist), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Erin Moriarty (Blood Father), and Abel Jafri (Timbuktu). Rounding out the cast is Gérard Jugnot, Ben Miller, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, and Stefano Cassetti.
A co-production between France, India and Belgium, the English-language feature will be distributed in Canada by A-Z films, and released day and date with US, India and Canada on June 21.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir most recently won the Audience Award for Best Comedy at the Barcelona Sant-Jordi International Film Festival, and was the opening night film at the International Film Festival of South Asia, in Toronto.
The screenplay was written by author Romain Puértolas, and Luc Bossi who is also producing through his Paris-based company Brio Films. Other co-producers include Vamonos Films, Little Red Car Films, Scope Pictures, M! Capital Ventures, Impact Films and Gold Ratio Films.
Adapted from Puértolas’ novel “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages.
A hustler from Mumbai embarks on an extraordinary voyage across Europe in search of his estranged father. During his trip, he finds love in a Swedish furniture store in Paris, but danger ensues when he finds trouble with Somalian migrants and he ends up in London. More threats follow the young man until he stumbles upon some fortune in Rome. An unlikely foe chases the hustler until he’s forced into an unlikely hot-air balloon escape. And it doesn’t just end there…
“This film is a universal story that is a joy ride for every member of the family,” says A-Z Film’s Zeind. “Director Ken Scott has done a remarkable job bringing together not only many parts of the world, but also mixing in plenty of emotion through laughs, storytelling, and social commentary. I know Canadians will be very taken by The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir and I’m excited to bring this adventure to them.”
About A-Z Films
Antoine Zeind has been President of A-Z Films for 21 years. A-Z both produces and distributes feature-length motion pictures, and DVD’s, and broadcasts its features on Canadian television. A-Z Films purchases the rights to distribute in Quebec, and English Canada, and foreign films from countries such as France, the United Kingdom, India, Italy, Lebanon, Egypt, Denmark, and the USA. A-Z Films is Outsider Pictures catalogue distributor for Quebec.