Markus Schleinzer's Drama 'Michael' Acquired by Strand Releasing

7:32 PM PST 09/06/2011 by Gregg Kilday
Cannes Film Festival
"Michael"

The film, which focuses on a 10-year-old boy locked up by an older man, will be released theatrically in February.

Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Markus Schleinzer’s Michael from Les Films du Losange.

The film, which focuses in on the last five months of a 10-year-old boy’s life under the control of a man who keeps him locked away in a room in a basement, had its world premiere in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival and will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Strand plans to release the film, Schleinzer’s debut feature, theatrically in February.

The deal was brokered Strand’s Jon Gerrans and Les Films du Losange’s Agathe Valentin.  

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