Gallic thriller gets pickup

Coming to America via Goldwyn

Samuel Goldwyn Films has snapped up North American rights to Claude Lelouch's new thriller "Roman de gare." The film premiered in May at the Festival de Cannes and was released last month in France, where it became a boxoffice success.

Cesar nominee Dominique Pinon and Cesar winner Fanny Ardant star in the film about a novelist who researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next best-seller.

Lelouch wrote, directed and produced the thriller, while Jean-Paul de Vidas executive produced.

The move is one of the first big acquisitions since Goldwyn and its distribution arm, IDP, split from its alliance with Roadside Attractions in May.

Goldwyn is eyeing a release in the first quarter.

"I feel that 'Roman de gare' is perhaps my best picture, so I could not be more thrilled that Samuel Goldwyn is releasing it in the U.S.," Lelouch said. "It's a wonderful, deluxe boutique shop for quality movies, and I couldn't think of a better distribution team."

Goldwyn, which released "The Squid and the Whale" and "Super Size Me," currently has Julie Delpy's "2 Days in Paris" in theaters.