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Wellspring Gets U.S. Rights to Chereau's Latest, "Gabrielle"

A scene from "Gabrielle". Image via Mars Distribution.

Wellspring has announced a deal for all U.S. rights to Patrice Chereau's "Gabrielle," starring Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Greggory in an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's short story, "The Return." The company, owned by Genius Products, which recently announced a deal with The Weinstein Company, acquired the film at this year's New York Film Festival. The movie will be released in theaters in the Spring of '06.

Set in turn-of-the-century France, the film is described as a look at "the marital breakdown that overwhelms a middle-aged bourgeois couple (Huppert and Greggory)." It was co-written by Chereau and Anne-Louise Trividic. The film screened at the Venice and Toronto festivals prior to its New York Film Festival debut.

Marie Therese Guirgis, Sr. VP of Acquisitions and Distribution at Wellspring, and John Kochman of StudioCanal, negotiated the deal. In a statement, she said, "'Gabrielle' is emotionally complex, intellectually stimulating, and visually splendid -- in short it embodies everything American audiences have come to love about French cinema."

Further describing the film in an announcement, the company cited the work of the film's cinematographer Eric Gautier. In a description they said that he "sculpts light and shadow into magical patterns. The combination of atmospheric settings, ardent performances and painterly camerawork makes 'Gabrielle' a magical and absorbing piece of cinema."

Upcoming Wellspring releases include Rupert Murray's "Unknown White Male" and Claire Denis' "The Intruder."

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