Strand taking 'Le Refuge'

Francois Ozon film screening at EFM

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Francois Ozon's "Le Refuge" from Le Pacte, which is screening the film in the European Film Market.

The film, which premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize, stars Isabelle Carre as a young, pregnant woman who develops a bond with her boyfriend's brother, played by Louis-Ronan Choisy.

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"Refuge" will be the third Ozon film that Strand releases Stateside, where it also handled the director's "Criminal Lovers" and "Time to Leave."

The film, produced by Claudie Ossard and Chris Bolzi, will have its U.S. premiere at Rendezvous with French Cinema 2010 with the Film Society of Lincoln Center in March, and Strand will release it in the spring.

Strand's co-president Jon Gerrans and Le Pacte???s head of international sales Elisabeth Perlie negotiated the deal.