Film unit acquires Venice pic

PARIS — Venice competition title “Lourdes” has been acquired by New York-based Palisades Tartan for U.S. distribution.

Helmer Jessica Hausner’s pic follows a lonely woman, played by Gallic thesp SylvieTestud (“La Vie en rose”), who is miraculously cured from a lifelong physical handicap during a visit to the holy site of Lourdes in southwest France.

Repped by Gaul’s Coproduction Office, “Lourdes” world preemed at Venice and received the Fipresci international critics’ nod. Pic, which is screening in Toronto, has sold to 16 territories including Greece (Nutopia), Mexico (Gussi) and Spain (Alta Films).

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