Cannes: Magnolia Takes Arnaud Desplechin's 'My Golden Days' for U.S.

Arnaud Desplechin

Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles calls the film "incredibly radiant, wise, funny and human."

Magnolia Pictures said Monday it was acquiring all U.S. rights to Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse), which screened in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film stars Mathieu Amalric and introduces actors Quentin Dolmaire and Lou Roy-Lecollinet. It was written by Desplechin and Julie Peyr and produced by Pascal Caucheteux of Why Not Productions.

In the film, an anthropologist is preparing to leave Tajikistan and has a series of flashbacks that deal with his childhood, his parents, a trip to the Soviet Union and Esther, the love of his life.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Dori Begley, senior vp acquisitions, and John Von Thaden, vp acquisitions for Magnolia Pictures, with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.

Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures, said: "Arnaud Desplechin is a true master, and in My Golden Days, he gives us another incredibly radiant, wise, funny and human film. We're thrilled to be handling such a gem."

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