'Christmas' comes early for IFC at the festival


IFC Entertainment has scored the first pickup of the Festival de Cannes' In Competition lineup, nabbing U.S. rights to Arnaud Desplechin's French drama "A Christmas Tale," starring Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric and Jean-Paul Roussillon (see review on page 14).

The film follows a family who becomes increasingly contentious and dysfunctional until an ill member brings them together over the holidays.

Why Not Prods. and Pascal Caucheteux produced the film, written by Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu.

IFC has become one of the biggest U.S. buyers at Cannes, picking up two Palme d'Or winners (Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" and Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley") and 10 other fest films last year alone. (partialdiff)