Artificial Eye focuses on ‘Kid’

U.K. distrib also captures Maiwenn's 'Polisse'

LONDON — Brit indie distrib Artificial Eye snapped up a slew of arthouse titles in Cannes this year, including joint Grand Prix winner “The Kid With a Bike.”

Pic, helmed by the Dardenne brothers, toplines Cecile De France and sees a young boy, abandoned by his father, taken care of by an unqualified childcare provider.

Distrib also nabbed U.K. rights to “Polisse,” the third feature from French thesp-helmer Maiwenn. Story, which follows a group of officers assigned to the Paris police force’s child protection unit, picked up the Jury Prize this year at the fest.

Artificial Eye also picked up Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre,” winner of the Fipresci award this year, about a shoe-shiner who befriends a young African immigrant on the run from the police.

Austrian helmer Markus Schleinzer’s debut “Michael,” which played in competish and follows the tale of a pedophile who has locked a 10 year-old child in his basement, also went to the distrib.

The company also pre-bought Rachid Bouchareb’s “Just Like a Woman,” from 3B and The Bureau. Pic toplines Sienna Miller and follows two different women who run away from their lives and partners to take part in a belly dancing competish.

All pics are slated for a 2012 release in Blighty.

Artificial Eye’s current slate includes more Cannes competition titles such as Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia,” both of which were pre-buys and will be released in the U.K. in the autumn.

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