Some good news in the Distro world: Focus Features acquired domestic and select international rights to nonfiction feature “Baby(ies)” by filmmaker Thomas Balmes. The film is an original idea by Alain Chabat who produced the feature with Amandine Billot and Christine Rouxel through his Chez Wam production company. Focus will also release the film in Mexico, Italy, Scandinavia, Korea, and South Africa. In related news, Focus has also entered into a first-look deal with Chez Wam’s Los Angeles-based subsidiary Wam Films. “Baby(ies)” is currently in post-production for release in 2010.
The Plot: Capturing on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity, “Baby(ies)” simultaneously follows four babies, in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo, respectively, from birth to first steps. Every shot tells a story, as the adventure of a lifetime begins.