'Lilies' grow at Koch Lorber


NEW YORK -- Koch Lorber Films and Red Envelope Entertainment have acquired all North American rights to the French coming-of-age drama "Water Lilies" (La Naissance des pieuvres).

Writer-director Celine Sciamma's first film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Festival de Cannes this May. It follows the romantic trials and tribulations of three teen girls on a synchronized swimming team near Paris. "Lilies" stars Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachere and Adele Haenel, and was produced by Jerome Dopffer and Benedicte Couvreur.

Koch Lorber plans to screen the film in several U.S. fests before an early 2008 New York release, followed by a national theatrical rollout. Red Envelope parent company Netflix will offer a day-and-date video release with Koch Lorber DVD later next year.

Koch Lorber head Rochard Lorber and Red Envelope head of acquisitions and distribution Liesl Copland negotiated the deal for theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital rights with Film Distribution's Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Didar Domehri.