Goldwyn picks up Lelouch's 'Roman'

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TORONTO -- Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Claude Lelouch's new thriller "Roman de gare." The film premiered at the Festival de Cannes earlier this year and was released last month in France, where it became a box office success.

Cesar nominee Dominique Pinon and Cesar winner Fanny Ardant star in the film about a popular novelist who researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next bestseller.

Lelouch wrote, directed and produced the thriller, while Jean Paul de Vidas executive produced.

The move is the one of the first big acquisitions since Goldwyn and its distribution arm IDP split from its alliance with Roadside Attractions in May.

Goldwyn is eying a release scheduled for first quarter 2008.

"I feel that 'Roman de gare' is perhaps my best picture, so, I could not be more thrilled that Samuel Goldwyn Films is releasing it in the U.S.," Lelouch said. "It's a wonderful deluxe boutique shop for quality movies and I couldn't think of a better distribution team."

Goldwyn, which released "The Squid and the Whale" and "Super Size Me," has Julie Delpy's "2 Days in Paris" currently in theaters.
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