Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2009 by IFC Films News
Tags: Acquisitions, Cannes, FATHER OF MY CHILDREN, Mia Hanson-Love, Toronto
2009 Cannes Award-Winning Film To Have North American Premiere At The Toronto Film Festival
New York (NY) (September 8, 2009) – IFC Films, one of the leading American distributors of independent and foreign films, announced today it has acquired U.S. rights to FATHER OF MY CHILDREN (La Pere de mes enfants), a French drama written and directed by by Mia Hansen-Løve. The film won the Jury Special Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and is having its North American premiere this month at the Toronto Film Festival.
FATHER OF MY CHILDREN was produced by Philippe Martin, David Thion (LESFILMS PELLÉAS), Oliver Damian (27 FILMS PRODUCTION).
The deal for FATHER OF MY CHILDREN was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, IFC Films VP of Acquisitions, with Agathe Valentin from Films du Losange.
Grégoire Canvel has everything a man could want. A wife he loves, three delightful children and a stimulating job. He’s a film producer. Discovering talented filmmakers and developing films that fit his conception of the cinema-free and true to life-is precisely his reason for living. His vocation. It fulfills him and Grégoire devotes almost all his time and energy to his work. He’s hyperactive, he never stops. Except on weekends, which he spends in the country with his family-gentle interludes, as precious as they are fragile. With his bearing and exceptional charisma, Grégoire commands admiration. He seems invincible. Yet his prestigious production company, Moon Films, is on its last legs. Too many productions, too many risks, too many debts. Storm clouds are gathering. But Grégoire plows on at all costs. Where will his blind obstinacy lead him? One day, he is obliged to face the facts. In one word: failure. He is overwhelmed by fatigue. Which soon, secretly, turns into despair.
Jonathan Sehring commented, “We’re quite sure that FATHER OF MY CHILDREN is going to touch people. It is one of the most moving and thoughtful films we’ve seen about a family in crisis in awhile. It also pays tribute with great warmth to the world that many of us inhabit in getting films by the great directors into the world. With it Mia Hansen-Løve further establishes herself as one of France’s great talents to watch.”
IFC Films is releasing FATHER OF MY CHILDREN in 2010 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.
About The Filmmaker
Mia Hansen-Løve was born in 1981. She was cast by Olivier Assayas in Late August, Early September (1998) and Les destinées sentimentales (2000) before she began formal training at the Paris Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in 2001. From 2003-2005, Mia wrote for the Cahiers du Cinéma and directed several short films. FATHER OF MY CHILDREN (Le père de mes enfants) is her second feature after her 2006 debut All Is Forgiven (Tout est pardonné).