U.S. distrib picks up French drama
French helmer Kim Chapiron’s gritty prison drama “Dog Pound” has been acquired by New York-based Elephant Eye for U.S. distribution. Produced by Georges Bermann’s Partizan banner, the $7.4 million French-Canadian pic world preemed at this year’s Tribeca fest and drew a best new narrative filmmaker nod for Chapiron.
Inspired by Alan Clarke’s BBC telepic “Scum,” “Dog Pound” follows three young inmates who toughen up in a juvenile correctional facility located in Montana.
Pic is Chapiron’s follow up to debut feature “Sheitan,” a thriller toplining Vincent Cassel.
Mars Distribution will handle the French theatrical release on June 23.
Wild Bunch has inked a raft of sales on the film in key territories, including the U.K.’s Optimum Releasing.