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ICM Signs 'Michael' Director Markus Schleinzer (Exclusive)

The first-time writer-director's dark abduction drama had its premiere in Cannes.

ICM has signed director Markus Schleinzer for representation.

Schleinzer's debut film, Michael, had its world premiere in competition at the Festival de Cannes last month. The dark drama, which Schleinzer also wrote, details the last five months of a 10-year-old boy's abduction by a pedophile.

For 13 years Schleinzer has been a casting director, working on films such as Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher, Time of the Wolf and The White Ribbon, which won the Palme d'Or in 2009.