'Belle' tolls for IFC as U.S. deal closes

Christophe Honore drama stars Louis Garrel

IFC Films has nabbed U.S. rights to "La Belle Personne," one of several international territories sold for Christophe Honore's French coming-of-age drama.

Le Pacte has sealed deals with CNC in Benelux, Russian Report in Russia, Imovision in Brazil and With Cinema in Korea. The company is releasing the film in France and is now finalizing its U.K. and Canada distributors.

Cesar award winner Louis Garrel ("The Dreamers") stars as a young teacher in the tale of tangled teen relationships in a Parisian lycee. Honore loosely adapted the film from Madame de Lafayette's classic novel "La Princess de Cleves."

"Christopher Honore and Louis Garrel are the modern day equivalent of Francois Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Leaud," said IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, who oversaw the release of the pair's previous collaborations "Love Songs" and "Dans Paris." IFC will distribute the film next year.

IFC's Lizzie Nastro negotiated the deal with Le Pacte's Elisabeth Perlie.
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