By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 18, 2011 at 9:34AM
Sundance Selects took two out of Cannes today, picking up North American rights to Bertrand Bonello's "House of Tolerance" and pre-buying U.S. rights to Mia Hansen Love's "Goodbye First Love." The films were both acquired by Sundance Selects from Films Distribution, and mark the second and third deals at the fest for the distributor, which picked up competition title "Sleeping Beauty" earlier this week.
Full press release below.
Cannes, FRANCE (May 18, 2011) - Sundance Selects announced today from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company is acquiring all North American rights to writer/director Bertrand Bonello's HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (which made its world premiere in Competition at this week's festival) and pre-bought all U.S. rights to writer/director Mia Hansen Love's GOODBYE FIRST LOVE. The films were both acquired by Sundance Selects from Films Distribution.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects, said: "We're thrilled to continue our relationship with Nicolas Brigaud Robert and Francois Yon at Films Distribution with these two beautiful films. Bertrand Bonello has made a stunning movie with HOUSE OF TOLERANCE and we are looking forward to bringing him his largest American audience. We are also very happy to follow-up Father of My Children with Mia Hansen Love's new film GOODBYE FIRST LOVE. She's one of the most exciting and talented new filmmakers." HOUSE OF TOLERANCE follows a group of sex workers at a Paris brothel at the beginning of the 20th Century. In telling the story of twelve women treated like prisoners by their brothel keeper, Bonello takes the audience into a secret world that is at times seductive and erotic, and at other times violent and disturbing.
GOODBYE FIRST LOVE chronicles the passionate romance and love affair between Cammile and Sullivan, which begins in their adolescence.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects with Nicolas Brigaud-Robert at Films Distribution on behalf of the filmmakers.
Earlier this week, Sundance Selects picked up U.S. rights to Julia Leigh's SLEEPING BEAUTY, another title that made its world premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Sundance Selects is a sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.