Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Francois Ozon's "Le Refuge" from Le Pacte Sales. The film is currently screening in the European Film Market in Berlin.
Starring Isabelle Carre in the lead role as a young woman facing the pregnancy from her late boyfriend, and developing a strong bond with her boyfriend's brother played by Louis-Ronan Choisy, "Le Refuge" is "a unique and intimate story of the bonds of family and friendship."
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September, and will have its US premiere at this year's Rendezvous with French Cinema 2010 with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
indieWIRE's Eric Kohn reviewed the film in Toronto, saying: "Ozon deals with weighty ideas about sexuality and isolation visible in his other movies — such as "Time Out" and "Swimming Pool" — but the sum total of the movie's dramatic concerns amount to more of a meditation than a fully realized narrative. As a window into personal tumult, however, it emerges as a singularly engaging work of art."
The deal was negotiated between Strand Releasing's Co-President, Jon Gerrans and Le Pacte's Head of International Sales, Elisabeth Perlie.
"It has been a great pleasure to pursue our collaboration with Francois Ozon, and to share our enthusiasm with distributors and festivals all over the world," said Perlie in a statement. "'Le Refuge' is a very moving and subtle picture that has been very well received by all types of audiences. What it says about life is touching beyond cultural differences."
This is the third film by Ozon that Strand Releasing has handled, prior collaborations were "Criminal Lovers" and "Time To Leave."
"We're thrilled to be collaborating with Francois again, he's both a filmmaker we admire and a great friend to the company," said Marcus Hu and Gerrans, Co-Presidents of Strand Releasing, in a statement.
Strand has set the film for a spring 2010 release.