IFC First Take, the day and date distribution label from U.S. based IFC Entertainment, has announced the acquisition of two films from the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival: Cristian Mungui's competition film, "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days" and Hsiao-Hsien's "Flight of the Red Balloon" from the Un Certain Regard section. "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days," set during the last days of Communism in Romania, depicts two young women facing the end of unwelcome pregnancies, while "Flight of the Red Balloon," set in Paris, is the story of boy and his babysitter in the same imaginary world where they are followed around the city by a red balloon. It stars Juliet Binoche and Simon Iteanu.
"'4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days' is powerfully provocative and should connect to audiences in some fundamental ways," commented IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, in a statement, adding about "Red Balloon," "We know that this film will help further signify IFC First Take as the premiere distribution platform for celebrated foreign language films in the U.S." IFC acquisitions VP Arianna Bocco negotiated the "4 Months..." deal with Carol Baraton from Wild Bunch, and the "Red Balloon" deal with Nicolas Brigaud-Robert from Films Distribution. [Eugene Hernandez]