Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. rights for writer-director Anne Fontaine’s latest offering, "The Innocents." The drama premiered at Sundance last month under the title "Agnus Dei." The Chicago-based distributor plans to release the feature in the U.S. in July.
Fontaine’s previous credits include "Coco Before Chanel" and "Gemma Bovery."
"The Innocents" centers on a young, atheist French Red Cross doctor (Lou de Laâge, "Breathe") determined to help WWII survivors. Stationed in Poland, she finds herself with the unlikeliest of patients — pregnant nuns. The story is based on true events.
"The film explores how tragic circumstances can bring together people motivated by seemingly opposite beliefs," Fontaine told Women and Hollywood.
"We were riveted by Anne’s richly humanistic, deeply moving, beautifully shot new film," said Edward Arentz, Music Box Managing Director.