Toronto 2012: IFC Takes Olivier Assayas' 'Something in the Air' For U.S.

MK2 closes deals in more than 20 territories for the drama, which won the best screenplay honor in Venice.

TORONTO -- Something in the Air, a coming-of-age drama from French director Olivier Assayas (Carlos) that won the best screenplay prize at its Venice Film Festival debut, has proved a sales smash for MK2.

The French group has closed more than 20 territories for the film including the U.S., for which IFC Films acquired all rights.

Other deals signed in Toronto for the film include Australia and New Zealand (Palace Films), Germany and Austria (NFP), Italy (Oficine UBU) Benelux (A-Film) and Brazil (Imovision). MK2 said several other major territories are under negotiation.

Something in the Air is set in the wake of the 1968 political upheaval in Europe. it follows young French student Gilles (Clement Metayer), who finds himself torn between his political convictions and personal ambitions.

Assayas, an art house favorite, is slowly making inroads to the mainstream. His recent films Summer Hours and Carlos sold strongly and delivered at the box office in a way the director's previous titles hadn't. The miniseries version of Carlos even won a Golden Globe.

After its dates in Venice and Toronto, Something in the Air will screen at the San Sebastian, Busan and New York film festivals.