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Sundance Selects Buys U.S. Rights to the Dardenne Bros.’ “The Kid With a Bike”

Sundance Selects Buys U.S. Rights to the Dardenne Bros.' "The Kid With a Bike"

Sundance Selects has acquired all U.S. rights to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Cannes competition title “The Kid With a Bike” from Wild Bunch. The Cannes competition title made its world premiere May 14.

Here’s the indieWIRE review. The film is considered a top contender for the Palme D’Or, but could be hampered by the fact that the Dardennes have twice won the prize.

And here’s the Sundance Selects release:

Sundance Selects announced today from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to master filmmakers’ Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s THE KID WITH A BIKE from Wild Bunch. The film made its world premiere in Competition at this week’s festival. The Dardenne’s have won an award for every film they have ever shown in Cannes, which includes two prior Palme d’Or prizes.

The film tells the story of an 11-year old boy named Cyril (Thomas Doret) who clings to a woman named Samantha (Cecile de France), a local hairdresser, after his father abandons him. As Cyril begins a path of self-destruction, THE KID WITH A BIKE becomes both a tender and at times violent exploration of a child’s quest for love.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects, said: “We are honored and thrilled to be able to present THE KID WITH A BIKE to American audiences. We believe the Dardenne’s are among the best filmmakers working today and that this film is one of the high points of a peerless career. We are thrilled to be in business with our friends at Wild Bunch on this film.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions, and Betsy Rodgers, Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Sundance Selects with Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.

Sundance Selects has also picked up several other titles at this week’s festival including U.S. rights to Julia Leigh’s SLEEPING BEAUTY; all North American rights to writer/director Bertrand Bonello’s HOUSE OF TOLERANCE; and a pre-buy of all U.S. rights to writer/director Mia Hansen Love’s GOODBYE FIRST LOVE.

Sundance Selects is a sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.

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