IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Mia Hansen-Love’s French drama “Father of My Children” ahead of its North American premiere at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival. The film won the Jury Special Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, IFC Films VP of Acquisitions, with Agathe Valentin from Films du Losange.
“Father” is Hansen-Love’s second feature after her 2006 debut All Is Forgiven (Tout est pardonne). It follows Gregoire Canvel, a film producer who has everything he possibly could want: A wife he loves, three delightful children and a stimulating job. But his optimism crumbles when his film production company begins to face obstacles brought on by too many productions, too many risks, and too many debts.
“We’re quite sure that ‘Father of My Children’ is going to touch people,” IFC’s Jonathan Sehring commented in a statement. “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-Love further establishes herself as one of France’s great talents to watch.”
IFC Films is releasing the film in 2010 via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings movies to on demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.