Strand circling Cesar-winning 'Secret'


PARIS -- Strand Releasing is closing in on U.S. distribution rights for Claude Miller's Cesar-nominated Holocaust drama "A Secret." The adaptation of Philippe Grimbert's best-selling novel was nominated for 11 Cesars this year, with Julie Depardieu taking the best supporting actress prize for her role in the film.

UGC International is handling global sales for "Secret," which was released in Gaul on Oct. 3 by UGC.

The film screened this week at Unifrance's 13th annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York over the weekend, with a slew of Gallic titles now set for stateside distribution including Eric Guirado's "The Grocer's Son" (Film Movement) and Richard McGuire's "Fear(s) of the Dark" (IFC).

The "Secret" screening drew a huge crowd, with more than 100 filmgoers turned away.