IFC pickpockets 'Robbed' before Cannes


In the first acquisition news to emerge from the 2008 Festival de Cannes lineup, IFC Entertainment is in final negotiations to pick up "The Pleasure of Being Robbed," the only American film selected for the Directors' Fortnight section.

Writer-director Joshua Safdie's comedic and atmospheric feature debut centers on a young woman (co-screenwriter Eleonore Hendricks) as she travels through New York, finding pleasure in "borrowing" the belongings of others. Submarine Entertainment is repping sales of the film, which is produced by Safdie, Brett Jutkiewicz, Zach Treitz and Sammy Lisenco.

The feature, shot in an impressionistic style on 16mm film, premiered at last month's South by Southwest Film Festival. It will serve as the Fortnight's closing-night film. "Robbed" also marks a final triumph for SXSW producer Matt Dentler, who recently exited the festival to join Cinetic Media's digital-rights management arm. (partialdiff)