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June 30, 2011 8:25 AM
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Film Movement Acquires French Romanctic Comedy "Queen of Hearts"

Film Movement acquired North American distribution rights to the directorial debut of French actress Valerie Donzelli, the romantic comedy "Queen of Hearts."

Here's a synopsis courtesy of Film Movement:

Thirty-something Adele is devastated following a painful breakup. With no close friends or family, her distant cousin Rachel reluctantly takes her in and graciously attempts to salvage Adele’s personal and professional life. Rachel finds her a job and suggests that Adele sleep with other men to get over her heartbreak. Adele bounces from one lover to the next in search of her perfect companion, but can’t escape the visage of her ex. Finally, she recognizes the man who may just hold the answer to her broken heart.

The company plans to open it in New York theatrically later in the year, followed by a limited national roll-out. It will also hit VOD.

Full release below:

FILM MOVEMENT ACQUIRES FRENCH ROMANTIC COMEDY “QUEEN OF HEARTS”

Locarno Official Selection to be Distributed in all of North America

June 30th, 2011 (New York, NY) - Film Movement (www.filmmovement.com), the North American film distribution company that brings first-run, award-winning independent and foreign films to fans all across the country, announced today their acquisition of QUEEN OF HEARTS.

This directorial debut from beloved French actress Valérie Donzelli paints a charming and light-hearted portrait of a young woman experiencing the ups and downs of love in contemporary Paris. The film was also written by Donzelli, who stars in the leading role opposite Jérémie Elkaïm, an incredibly versatile comic actor playing three different characters—each a lover of Donzelli’s. QUEEN OF HEARTS is in French with English subtitles, and will enjoy a New York theatrical opening in Q4 of 2011, with a limited national roll-out to follow, as well as a day-and-date Cable Video on Demand premiere.

“An endearingly goofy spin on looking-for-love-in-the-big-city comedies…frequently hilarious” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

“A marvelous tension between a prim comedy of manners and unbridled slapstick.” - Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Synopsis of QUEEN OF HEARTS:

Thirty-something Adele is devastated following a painful breakup. With no close friends or family, her distant cousin Rachel reluctantly takes her in and graciously attempts to salvage Adele’s personal and professional life. Rachel finds her a job and suggests that Adele sleep with other men to get over her heartbreak. Adele bounces from one lover to the next in search of her perfect companion, but can’t escape the visage of her ex. Finally, she recognizes the man who may just hold the answer to her broken heart.

Acclaim for QUEEN OF HEARTS:

Official Selection – Locarno Film Festival, Mumbai Int’l Film Festival, Buenos Aires Film Festival, Santiago Int’l FF, Milly Valley Film Festival, St Louis Film Festival

The acquisition of QUEEN OF HEARTS was negotiated by Film Movement’s President Adley Gartenstein and VP of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget, and Ryan Kampe of Visit Films.

“Talented French actress Valerie Donzelli has directed herself in an utterly charming and whimsical comedy that is both sexy and touching without ever getting sentimental. We’re delighted to be distributing this promising new director’s feature film debut,” says Adley Gartenstein, Film Movement’s President.

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