IFC's in eye of storm for Jaoui's 'Rain'


On the cusp of its North American premiere Friday at the New York Film Festival, director Agnes Jaoui's satirical drama "Let It Rain" has been acquired for U.S. distribution by IFC Films.

Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri co-wrote and star in the story of a feminist author considering a run at politics. Her return to a childhood summer house leads to unexpected confrontations with her family and a documentary crew filming her.

IFC already had more NYFF entries than any distributor, and the French-language "Rain" brings the total to six, a number that could increase before the festival ends Sunday. IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring noted an unusually large number of selections this year entered the NYFF without U.S. distribution.

Jaoui and Bacri co-wrote and starred in Jaoui's Oscar-nominated "The Taste of Others" and the Festival de Cannes screenplay prize-winner "Look at Me." Several companies saw "Rain" in May at an out of competition private screening in Cannes. It premiered Sept. 17 in France, and IFC will distribute it next year through its simultaneous theatrical/VOD program.

IFC's Arianna Bocco and Lizzie Nastro negotiated the deal with StudioCanal's Harold van Lier and Anna Marsh. (partialdiff)