Miramax Films lands Merlet’s ‘Artemesia’

CANNES — Miramax Films has picked up U.S., English-Canadian and Brazilian distribution rights to Agnes Merlet’s “Artemesia.”

The pic will be released by Miramax Zoe, which has handled such films as “Ridicule,” “The Horseman on the Roof” and “Belle de Jour.”

“Artemesia” is a biopic about an Italian painter who successfully battles the artistic establishment that first excludes and later abuses her.

The film stars Michel Serrault (“Nelly and Mr. Arnaud”), Valentina Cervi (“The Portrait of a Lady”) and Miki Manojlovic (“Underground”). It was produced by Premiere Heure and Patrice Haddad.

Merlet’s previous credits include “Son of the Shark,” which won the Intl. Critics Award at the 1993 Venice Film Festival.

The film was brought to Miramax by Agnes Mentre, prexy of Miramax Zoe, who also negotiated the deal, and Teresa Moneo, director of acquisitions. On behalf of the filmmakers, the deal was negotiated by Jacques-Eric Strauss of President Films.

“Miramax Zoe is proud to be associated with this film, which has all the ingredients to be a big success in North America,” Agnes Mentre said.

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