By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 8, 2010 at 5:0AM
The Cinema Guild announced that acquired U.S. distribution rights to Manoel de Oliveira's "The Strange Case of Angelica," which recently screened in the Un Certain Regard program of the Cannes Film Festival (where it made indieWIRE's poll of the best received films). The film - a tale of a young photographer who falls madly in love with a woman he can never have, except in his dreams - will be released in theaters this winter. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey of The Cinema Guild with Yoann Ubermulhin of Pyramide International.
"With its unlikely set-up, timeless setting and Chagall-esque dream sequences, it's safe to say there's never been a movie quite like 'The Strange Case of Angelica.' Yet, as American audiences will soon discover, it's one of the most charming films they'll ever see," commented Krivoshey in a statement. "We are thrilled to be working on another film from the incomparable Manoel de Oliveira."
The plot as described by The Cinema Guild:
"Isaac (Ricardo Trepa) is a starry-eyed photographer living in a boarding house in Regua, a small town in the wine-making region of Douro in Portugal. One night, he receives an urgent call from a wealthy family to come and take a photograph of a young bride, Angelica (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), who died mysteriously after her wedding. Arriving at their estate, Isaac gets his first glimpse of Angelica and is overwhelmed by her beauty. But when he looks through the lens of his camera, something strange happens - the young woman appears to come to life. From that moment on, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night."
The Cinema Guild is a distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films whose upcoming releases include Jacques Rivette's "Around a Small Mountain," Jeff Malmberg's SXSW winner "Marwencol" and Matt Porterfield's "Putty Hill." Currently in theaters are Maren Ade's "Everyone Else" and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash's "Sweetgrass."