IFC commits to Breillat's 'Mistress'


IFC Entertainment acquired all North American rights to Catherine Breillat's erotic French drama "The Last Mistress," starring Asia Argento.

The French-Italian production, set in 1835 and adapted from an 1851 novel by Jules-Amedee Barbey d'Aurevilly, premiered at May's Festival de Cannes and will have its North American debut next month at the New York Film Festival.

Argento plays the title character, a Spanish temptress whose relationship with her longtime Parisian beau (Fu'ad Ait Aattou) is tested after he marries a member of the French aristocracy (Roxane Mesquida).

IFC plans to distribute the film through its First Take VOD/theatrical simultaneous release program. It was produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit and adapted for the screen by Breillat, who is known for such sexual and controversial films as "Fat Girl," "Sex Is Comedy," "Romance" and "Anatomy of Hell."

IFC vp acquisitions and production Arianna Bocco and director of acquisitions and production Liz Nastro negotiated the deal with Pyramide International's Eric Lagesse and Valentina Merli, who repped the filmmakers.