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Sundance Selects Acquires U.S. Rights to 'Sleeping Beauty' (Cannes)

The Julia Leigh film stars Emily Browning as a university student drawn into a hidden world of unspoken desires.

Sleeping Beauty
Cannes Film Festival
"Sleeping Beauty"

Sundance Selects, a sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, has acquired U.S. rights to Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty, it was announced Sunday.

The film, directed by Leigh, stars Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll and Chris Haywood. Jessica Brentnall produced the drama.

Beauty, a haunting portrait of Lucy, a university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires, premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival in competition.

READ: Sleeping Beauty: Cannes Review

Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects, said in a statement: "For the last 5 days, people throughout Cannes have been discussing Sleeping Beauty. We are thrilled to introduce Julia Leigh and her arresting debut to American audiences, and to continuing the discussion."

"Along with the entire Sleeping Beauty team, I'm extremely pleased that the film will be getting a release in the U.S. through such a fine distributor as Sundance Selects, especially under a label that has featured films from so many directors we admire," said Leigh.

Leigh and Browning are repped by UTA, who sold the film.