Sundance Select Picks Up Claire Denis' 'Bastards'

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The French drama will play both the Toronto and New York film festivals.

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Claire DenisBastards, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Certain Regard sidebar and is scheduled to play both the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. The distributor plans to release it Oct. 25.

The film, with a screenplay by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau, stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni and Michel Subor, and was produced by Alcatraz Films and Wild Bunch.

Linden plays a ship’s captain who is called back to Paris when the husband of his sister, played by Julie Bataille, commits suicide and who then agrees to wreck revenge on the businessman (Subor) she holds responsible.

"Claire Denis is a remarkable filmmaker who has once again created a powerful work of cinema. Bastards is a complex, thought-provoking addition to her already impressive body of work,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.  

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior vp acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch repping the filmmakers.