IFC buys 'Two,' 'Actresses' at N.Y. fest


NEW YORK -- At the halfway mark of the New York Film Festival, IFC Entertainment has picked up North American rights to two of the fest’s French entries: Claude Chabrol’s thriller “A Girl Cut in Two” and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s comedy “Actresses.”

“Two,” loosely based on the 1906 murder of architect Stanford White by the husband of his mistress, follows a young weather reporter caught between the affections of her wealthy husband and the famous novelist she loves.

“Actresses,” winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at this year’s Festival de Cannes, stars writer/director Tedeschi as a stage actor obsessed with her new play and her director’s assistant.

IFC will release each film via its day-and-date VOD/theatrical First Take program. These latest acquisitions bring IFC’s total NYFF entries to six, including “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” “Paranoid Park,” “Flight of the Red Balloon” and “The Last Mistress.”

IFC vp acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco negotiated both deals with Wild Bunch’s Carole Baraton.