Sundance Selects Picks Up 'Declaration of War' for U.S.

Cannes Film Festival

Film about a couple whose young son develops a brain tumor was the opening night film of Cannes Critics' Week.

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Valerie Donzelli's Declaration of War, which premiered as the Critics' Week opening night film at the Cannes Film Festival.

Written by Donelli and Jeremie Elkaim, who both star in the it, War is an autobiographical tale about a couple whose young son develops a brain tumor.

CANNES REVIEW: Declaration of War

Sundance Selects, the sister division of IFC Films and IFC Midnight, acquired the film from Wild Bunch.

Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects, said, "Valerie Donzelli, along with her collaborator Jeremie Elkaim, won us over with their completely heartfelt, life affirming film that announces them as major new talents. We are confident that this is a film that will inspire ardent love once we begin to screen it for American audiences."

The deal was negotiated by Sundance Selects' Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.