Cannes: Sundance Selects Picks Up North American Rights to 'The Blue Room'

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"The Blue Room"

The noir thriller from French director Mathieu Amalric premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to French director Mathieu Amalric's Cannes film The Blue Room. The movie, co-adapted by Amalric and Stéphanie Cléau from a novel by Georges Simenon, world premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival. It stars Amalric, Cléau, Léa Drucker, Laurent Poitrenaux, Serge Bozon, and was produced by Paulo Branco.

The film is described as a mysterious noir that follows a man and a woman as they meet in a hotel for trysts. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing. Suddenly under investigation by the police, the man must figure out what happened, and what, exactly, he is accused of.

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President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films Jonathan Sehring said: “Mathieu Amalric is proving to be as formidable as a filmmaker as he is an actor. This is a superlative film."

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior vp acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with producer Paolo Branco on behalf of Alfama Films.