French director Francois Ozon's "Ricky" has gone to IFC Films, the distributor announced from Cannes. The North American rights deal was negotiated by Lizzie Nastro, Director of Acquisitions & Co-Production for IFC Films with Elisabeth Perlie from Le Pacte. IFC Films plans a 2010 release.
Recent Ozon films include "Swimming Pool" and "8 Women." "Ricky" premiered 2009 Berlinale.
Adapted from the short story "Moth" by the English novelist Rose Tremain, Ricky is a fantastical thriller about a unique little boy and the struggles of a working-class single parent in contemporary France. Ricky premiered in competition at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. The film stars Alexandra Lamy ("The Ant Bully") and Sergi Lopez ("Pan's Labyrinth") and was produced by Chris Bolzli, Claudie Ossard and Vieri Razzini.
"'Ricky' is a one-of-a-kind movie from one of the most unique voices in world cinema today, Francois Ozon," said IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring in a statement. "It's a film filled with surprises, wonderful special effects and most importantly heart. We're thrilled to bring this film to America and to continue working with some of the finest filmmakers in the world today like Francois."