By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 15, 2011 at 7:5AM
Zeitgeist Films has acquired Julie Bertuccelli's "The Tree," which closed the Cannes Film Festival last year. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, the film will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles this summer, with a national rollout to follow.
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ZEITGEIST FILMS ACQUIRES CANNES CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION "THE TREE" FOR ALL U.S. RIGHTS
Just pacted at the Berlin Film Market, Zeitgeist Films has acquired the U.S. rights to French director Julie Bertuccelli's English language drama THE TREE, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. THE TREE was the closing night film at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
A lyrical family drama shot entirely on location in Queensland Australia, THE TREE follows the story of Dawn (Gainsbourg), a recent widow reeling from the sudden death of her husband. Left with four young children, each member of the family expresses their grief in their own way. Based on a book by Judy Pascoe, "Our Father Who Art in the Tree", Bertuccelli weaves a delicate, moving drama from this material as the young daughter Simone (played by 7-year old Morgana Davies), clings to the belief that her father's spirit resides in the huge Moreton Bay Fig tree, which dominates the family's yard. As Dawn finds a new love and tries to move on with her life, the tree takes on a surreal life of its own, threatening to take control of the family's destiny.
THE TREE will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles this summer, with a national rollout to follow.
Co-President of Zeitgeist Films, Nancy Gerstman negotiated the deal with Tanya Meissner of Memento Films. Zeitgeist previously released Bertuccelli's feature debut, SINCE OTAR LEFT.