Magnolia Nabs Daniele Thompson’s Period Drama 'Cezanne et Moi' for North America

Cezanne and I - Screenshot - H - 2016

The French-langauge film chronicles the friendship of novelist Émile Zola and painter Paul Cézanne.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Oscar nominee Daniele Thompson’s French-language period drama Cezanne et Moi.

The film chronicles the decade-long friendship between painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Émile Zola in 19th century France. 

Guillaume Gallienne stars as the post-impressionist Cézanne, who comes from a life of wealth but finds very little success with paintings, and Guillaume Canet plays Zola, who came from a poor background but received notoriety for his writings.  

The deal was negotiated by Pathe International on behalf of the filmmakers. The film has already sold in over a dozen other territories, including Hong Kong, Brazil and Belgium.

"Cezanne et Moi is one of this year's most ambitious French films,” Muriel Sauzay, exec vp international sales for Pathé, said Tuesday in a statement. “It provides an epic tale of two giants of arts and culture, a strong cast and a director like Danièle Thompson with the sensibility to bring out the emotional resonance of such a deep and complex friendship."

Magnolia recently released Werner Herzog's Lo and Behold and Ira Sach's Little Men.