By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 11, 2009 at 10:24AM
IFC Films has announced that it has acquired the North American rights to "Cracks," the feature directorial debut of Jordan Scott. Starring Eva Green, the film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, marking another recent late buy out of the fest ("Mother and Child," "The Jonses" and "The Good Heart" were all picked up last week). The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, IFC Films VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, with UTA who negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.
Set in an all-girl's boarding school, "Cracks" follows a girl's unhealthy bond with her teacher. In addition to Green, the cast includes Juno Temple, Imogen Poots and Maria Valverde. Scott collaborated with Ben Court and Caroline Ip on the screenplay, which is loosely based on the 1999 novel by Sheila Kohler. HandMade Films International is Sales Agent, Studio Canal will handle the French and Benelux releases and.Optimum distribute in the UK. Ridley Scott and Tony Scott served as executive producers.
"'Cracks' is beautifully directed, seductive and suspenseful film with a thrilling performance by Eva Green made all the more impressive by the fact that it is the debut film of Jordan Scott," Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment commented. "We're thrilled to introduce her to American audiences and think this is the perfect film for all of our platforms."
IFC Films will release "Cracks" in 2010 via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings critically-acclaimed independent movies to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.
"I am thrilled that IFC have taken on the film," director Scott said in a statement. "The films they choose are so often a benchmark for me, so I am honored to be in such good company. I look forward to working with them on the release of the film next year."
The film was produced by Julie Payne for Scott Free, Kwesi Dickson for Future Films, Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures, Rosalie Swedlin for Industry Entertainment and Christine Vachon for Killer Films in association with John Wells. HandMade Films International is Sales Agent, Studio Canal will handle the French and Benelux releases and.Optimum distribute in the UK. Ridley Scott and Tony Scott served as executive producers.