Music Box nabs U.S. rights to 'Potiche'

French drama with Catherine Denueve set for spring release

TORONTO -- Music Box Films has snapped up U.S. rights to Fracois Ozon's "Potiche," in advance of its Monday night gala at Roy Thomson Hall.

Set in 1977 in a French provincial town and freely adapted from the 1970s French play, the movie stars Catherine Denueve as a trophy housewife who steps in to manage her wealthy husband's umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage.

A spring release is planned.

Chicago-based Music Box has had success distributing French titles like "Tell No One" in the U.S. and is currently distributing the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy.

Wild Bunch's Carole Baraton and Music Box's managing director Edward Arentz negotiated the deal.
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