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Cannes 2010: Abbas Kiarostami’s CERTIFIED COPY and Bertrand Tavernier’s THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER Acquired

Posted on Friday, May 21st, 2010 by IFC Films News

Tags: Abbas Kiarostami, Acquisitions, Bertrand Tavernier, Cannes, Juliette Binoche, News

IFC FILMS NABS U.S. RIGHTS TO KIAROSTAMI’S CERTIFIED COPY
Cannes Competition Title Stars Oscar-Winning Actress Juliette Binoche

Cannes, FRANCE (May 20, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to famed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s CERTIFIED COPY, which is screening in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film, which was written and directed by Kiarostami, stars Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche (THE ENGLISH PATIENT, CHOCOLAT, SUMMER HOURS) and British opera singer William Shimell making his onscreen debut.

CERTIFIED COPY was produced by Marin Karmitz, Nathanael Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, and Angelo Barbagallo. The film was executive produced by Gaetano Daniele. IFC Films will release CERTIFIED COPY via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings critically-acclaimed independent movies to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.

CERTIFIED COPY is the story of a meeting between a man and woman in a small Italian village in Southern Tuscany. The man is a British author who has just finished giving a lecture at a conference. The woman, from France, owns an art gallery. This is a common story that could happen to anyone, anywhere.

Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said, “For all of us at IFC Films, CERTIFIED COPY is the discovery of the Cannes Film Festival. We are honored to bring what we think will be Abbas Kiarostami’s most successful American release, featuring an absolutely radiant performance by Juliette Binoche, to audiences. We are also very happy to be working with our friends at MK2 again after our successful collaborations on SUMMER HOURS and PARANOID PARK.”

“We really couldn’t have hoped for a better distributor to guide Abbas Kiarostami’s film to U.S. audiences. In light of our past history of successful releases such as last year’s SUMMER HOURS, we are more than confident that this film will gain from IFC Films’ capacity to unite European films with a large audience. This bridge uniting Europe and the U.S. gives hope to uncompromising directors everywhere,” says producers Nathanaël Karmitz and Charles Gillibert of MK2.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for IFC Films, and with Matthieu Giblin of MK2, on behalf of the filmmakers.

Abbas Kiarostami is one of the most revered filmmakers in the world today. His deeply humanist films have challenged viewers expectations and balance a narrative and documentary style. Born in Tehran on June 22, 1940, Kiarostami made his debut with a short film in 1970 called THE BREAD AND ALLEY. He first earned international acclaim and recognition in 1987 with WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOME? He won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for A TASTE OF THE CHERRY and the Golden Lion in 1999 for THE WIND WILL CARRY US. CERTIFIED COPY is the first film he shot outside of Iran and is currently in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

IFC FILMS GETS U.S. RIGHTS TO BERTRAND TAVERNIER’S THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER

Cannes, FRANCE (May 21, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to internationally acclaimed director Bertrand Tavernier’s THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER, which is screening in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film was produced by Eric Heumann, with a screenplay by Jean Cosmos, Francois-Olivier Rousseau and Tavernier, based on the novel by Madame de la Fayette. It stars Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel, Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, and Rapahel Personnaz. IFC Films will release the film theatrically and via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings critically-acclaimed independent movies to theatrical and on-demand viewers.

Set in sixteenth century France, as the wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants rage against a backdrop of intrigue and shifting alliances, THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER is an epic drama and timeless love story that tells the tale of Marie de Mézieres, a beautiful young aristocrat, and Henri de Guise, one of the kingdom’s most intrepid heroes. The two are in love, but Marie’s father promises her hand in marriage to the Prince of Montpensier. The film follows Marie as she is caught between the many men in her path — the prince, her tutor Chabannes who falls in love with her, and Henri de Guise who returns from battle to find his feelings for Marie are as strong as ever.

Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said, “We see many, many films but it has been a long time since we have seen a period costume drama that is as beautifully crafted as Bertrand Tavernier’s THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER. It’s perfect on so many levels, and Tavernier is really a master filmmaker. It is always a great pleasure for us to do business with Studio Canal, especially on such a masterwork.”

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for IFC Films, and with Harold Van Lier and Anna Marsh at Studio Canal, on behalf of the filmmakers.

In addition to THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER, IFC Films also picked up several other titles at this week’s Cannes Film Festival including Xavier Dolan’s HEARTBEATS, Antoine Blossier’s PREY, and Abbas Kiarostami’s CERTIFIED COPY starring Juliette Binoche. Additionally, the company announced plans at the start of the festival to partner with Sundance Channel on a multi-platform release for Olivier Assayas’ epic portrait of renowned international terrorist Carlos the Jackal. Following a premiere on the Sundance Channel in October, IFC Films will distribute both the extended, three-part version of the film as well as a theatrical version nationally in theaters, with the theatrical version available nationally on video-on-demand.

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