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Cannes Buy: Arnaud Desplechin’s ‘My Golden Days’ Goes to Magnolia

Cannes Buy: Arnaud Desplechin's 'My Golden Days' Goes to Magnolia

Magnolia Pictures is acquiring all U.S. rights to Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Days,” which screened in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Mathieu Amalric stars as the adult Paul Dédalus in the framing story for an exploration of obsessive first love and identity. Written by Desplechin and Julie Peyr, the film was produced by Pascal Caucheteux of Why Not Productions and sold in Cannes by Wild Bunch.

The film is a prequel of sorts for Desplechin’s 1996 “My Sex Life…Or How I Got Into an Argument,” in which Amalric is the young Dédalus played here by Quentin Dolmaire. He’s an ambitious anthropology student who deals with a fractured family in Roubaix (Desplechin’s home town) and limited resources while pursuing an intense romance with nubile beauty Esther (Lou Roy-Lecollinet). All these years later, Dédalus still has unresolved feelings about the affair. 

Many Cannes observers were surprised that the film wound up in the Quinzaine, as established auteur Desplechin’s last film “Jimmy P.,” was in the competition. But this is a small and very personal coming-of-age tale. 

“Arnaud Desplechin is a true master,” said Eamonn Bowles, President of Magnolia Pictures, “and in ‘My Golden Days’ he gives us another incredibly radiant, wise, funny and human film.”

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