F-L Calls Le ‘Docteur’ For U.S. Video Rights

The French film “Docteur Petiot,” a rare case of a foreign film selected for the Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired for video distribution by Fox-Lorber Associates after having been caught at the fest’s screening.

Susan Margolin, F-L senior v.p., pacted for U.S. video rights to the Michel Serrault-toplined drama with its domestic distributor, Aries Film Releasing, headed by Paul Cohen.

Feature is the third Aries film to have been acquired by Fox-Lorber, which recently pacted to release on video the Italian import “The Icicle Thief” and Hungarian pic “My 20th Century,” both of which are in current theatrical release by Cohen’s banner.

Margolin expects to have “Icicle Thief” in vidstores by early fall, followed bgy a late-fall debut for “20th Century.” Cohen has set U.S. theatrical release in New York for “Docteur Petiot” either in late spring or early summer.

The pic screened at the Telluride and New York fests last year and at the just-concluded Sundance fest. The film’s world preem was last September in Paris.

“Petiot” won’t hit U.S. video-stores until early next year, per Margolin. All three Aries titles will be distributed under the Fox-Lorber Home Video banner, presented by New Video Group, a joint venture formed six months ago by Fox-Lorber and Steve Savage (chief exec of the New Video chain of stores).

Label specializes in foreign films and indie features, having already released Japanese hits “A Taxing Woman” and “In The Realm Of The Senses” as well as Ermanno Olmi’s “The Tree Of The Wooden Clogs.”

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