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by Eugene Hernandez
May 20, 2010 1:29 AM
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Cannes Pacts for Kiarostami Film

In its second swift acquisition of a film at the Cannes Film Festival, IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Abbas Kiarostami's "Certified Copy." Earlier this week, IFC Films acquired Xavier Dolan’s “Heartbeats” just days after its premiere here at the Cannes Film Festival.

The news of the deal for a U.S. release of the film, which stars Juliette Binoche, includes word that the film has also been acquired for a release in a number of key international territories. Sales company MK2 said today that the film has been sold to Madman (Australia/New Zealand), Atlantic Film (the Nordic countries), CDI Films (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and South Cone), Yega Entertainment (Korea) and First Distributors (Hong Kong).

A study of a strained relationship, Iranian master Kiarostami's latest follows a woman (Binoche) as she comes to terms with the state of her marriage in Italy.

"For all of us at IFC Films, 'Certified Copy' is the discovery of the Cannes Film Festival. We are honored to bring what we think will be Abbas Kiarostami's most successful American release, featuring an absolutely radiant performance by Juliette Binoche, to audiences," said IFC's Jonathan Sehring, in a statement.

Screening in competition, "Certified Copy" has been embraced by critics here at the Cannes Film Festival, lodging a 'B+' average on indieWIRE's criticWIRE poll of critics and bloggers who are covering this year's festival.

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