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CANNES: Samuel Goldwyn Films Acquires U.S. Rights to Gilles Bourdos' Un Certain Regard Drama 'Renoir'

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Gilles Bourdos’ biopic “Renoir,” which will receive a spring 2013 theatrical release. The fact-based drama will have its world premiere May 25, as the closing-night film of the Un Certain Regard program at the Cannes Film Festival.

Michel Bouquet, Vincent Rottiers and Christa Theret star in a love story that takes place in Côte d’Azur in 1915, when widowed painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his fledgling film-director son Jean both become entranced by new muse Andrée, who inspired Renoir pere’s “The Bathers.” Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier produced the film; Christine De Jekel is executive producer.

“I was captivated by the script from the first page and cannot wait to bring this film to American audiences,” said Goldwyn acquisitions exec Peter Goldwyn. “Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s work speaks for itself — he is one of the most gifted painters the world has ever seen, while his son Jean is one of the most important filmmakers of our time. We feel extremely fortunate to bring such indelible icons to life.”

Goldwyn and SGF general counsel Ian Puente negotiated the deal with Carole Baraton and Antoine Zylberberg of Wild Bunch.

Bourdos’ first film, “Disparus,” played at Cannes in 1998.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has most recently released “The Double Hour,” “The Whistleblower” and “October Baby.” Upcoming releases include “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” and “Robot & Frank.”

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