Franco files: IFC arm lands 2 pics


NEW YORK -- IFC First Take has done a double take, acquiring domestic rights to two French-language comedies: Alain Resnais' "Private Fears in Public Places" and Christophe Honore's "Dans Paris."

"Public Places" an adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's U.K. play, won the Silver Lion best director award for Resnais ("Hiroshima mon amour") at last year's Venice Film Festival. It follows six interconnected characters in their melancholy and darkly comic search for love. Resnais adapted Ayckbourn's play "Smoking/No Smoking" in 2003.

"Paris" also follows the romances of intertwined, melancholy characters, including those whose lives have been affected by depression. The film premiered last year at the Festival de Cannes and played at Unifrance USA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's recent Rendez-Vous With French Cinema fest.

The IFC Entertainment-owned day-and-date distributor plans to release "Places" on April 13 in theaters and simultaneously via VOD. The distributor plans a similar rollout for "Paris" late in the summer.

IFC's Liz Nastro and Ryan Werner negotiated the deals for the distributor. International sales agency StudioCanal's Saya Huddleston and Muriel Sauzay negotiated for "Places," and Gemini Films' Elisabeth Perlie negotiated for "Paris."