WaZabi Films gets world rights to Ken Scott feature

French-Canadian family dramedy Goodbye Happiness (Au revoir le bonheur) will make its international premiere in competition at France's L'Alpe D'Huez in January.

WaZabi Films has secured the world rights to Ken Scott’s French-Canadian dramedy Goodbye Happiness (Au revoir le bonheur).

Montreal-raised Scott (Starbuck) wrote, directed and co-produced the French-language Quebec feature. Christian Larouche of Christal Films produced while Maxime Vanasse served as executive producer.

François Arnaud (La Switch), Antoine Bertrand (Menteur), Louis Morissette (Plan B) and Patrice Robitaille (Les beaux malaises) star in the story of four brothers who gather at their family’s summer house in the wake of the death of their beloved father.

Goodbye Happiness landed in theatres in Quebec this past weekend and will have an international premiere in competition at France’s L’Alpe D’Huez comedy film festival, running Jan. 17 to 23. The film was made with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada, SODEC Quebec, Le Fonds Harold Greenberg, Radio-Canada, and Quebec and federal tax credits.

“The film is highly anticipated in Quebec and I am excited for WaZabi to be on board to bring this charming film to the world,” Larouche said in a news release.

An independent division of Montreal-headquartered producer and distributor Sphere Media, WaZabi Films is an international sales agent focusing on art house films and independent titles with crossover potential. WaZabi recently signed “a major commercial agreement” with U.S. distributor Corinth Films for Drunken Birds (Les oiseaux ivres) – Canada’s submission for best international feature at the 2022 Academy Awards – to be distributed south of the border. Its other recent titles include Maria Chapdelaine, Wuhan Wuhan and Ma Belle, My Beauty.