Cannes: IFC Acquires Gurinder Chadha's 'Viceroy's House'

Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival
'Viceroy's House'

The period drama, which bowed in Berlin, stars Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson and is set during the partition of India.

Gurinder Chadha's Viceroy's House, which had its world premiere in Berlin in February and has since been released in the U.K. and other territories, has found a home in the U.S.

IFC picked up the title, starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson and set in India during the tumultuous and deadly partition in 1947. 

The acquisition was among a slew of sales announced by Pathe from the Cannes market.

Elsewhere, Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming Loro, about Silvio Berlusconi, which reunites the Oscar-winning director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo, sold to Germany (DCM), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), CIS (AONE), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), former Yugoslavia (MCF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (LEV). Pathe itself will distribute the film in France and Switzerland. Production will start in July.

Earlier in the week it was announced that Focus Features had snapped up worldwide rights (outside of Pathe's own distribution territories of the U.K., France and Switzerland) to the ghost story The Little Stranger from Room director Lenny Abrahamson. The Pathe production is set to star Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. The film is in preproduction in the U.K. and will be delivered in time for a summer 2018 release.