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by Indiewire
August 15, 2007 7:20 AM
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IFC Takes New Breillat Film, "The Last Mistress"

IFC First Take has announced the acquisition of all North American rights to to Catherine Breillat's "The Last Mistress," which is set to screen at the upcoming New York Film Festival (see indieWIRE lineup article). The film, starring Asia Argento, debuted this year in Cannes and was produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit. Set in 19th century France, it is described as the story of, "the love affair between tempestuous Spanish mistress Vellini and distinguished well-bred Ryno de Marigny." IFC's acquisitions VP Arianna Bocco and director of acquisitions Liz Nastro negotiated the deal with Eric Lagesse and Valentina Merli from Pyramide International. "Pairing Catherine Breillat with Asia Argento has produced one of the most entertaining, witty and electrically charged films in recent memory," said IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, in a statement. "Not only is this Catherine Breillat's most accessible film, it's also one of her best. We're thrilled to bring it to American audiences and look for it to be one of her most successful." The film joins Cristian Mungui's "4 Months, 3Weeks & 2 Days," Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park," and Hou Hsiao Hsien's "Flight of the Red Balloon" on IFC's New York festival lineup. (indieWIRE reported on shifts in IFC Entertainment's business strategy yesterday.) [Eugene Hernandez]

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