Distributor to plant film in Gallic fests

Wild Bunch has acquired all French rights to “When We Leave,” Germany’s foreign-language Oscar entry, which failed to secure a place in the list of 9 hopefuls released by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences on Wednesday.

Deal was struck by Wild Bunch Distribition’s Jean-Philippe Tirel and Jerome Rougier and Andrei von Kamarowsky at Germany’s Telepool, which is selling “Leave” internationally.

Directed by Vienna-born TV actress-turned-helmer Feo Aladag, “Leave” turns on a young Turkish woman who abandons her brutish husband in Istanbul to return with her son to her parents’ home in Berlin.

Majestic Filmverleih released “Leave” in Germany last year. Olive Films has picked up the film for U.S. distribution.

Among multiple plaudits, “Leave” won best narrative feature and actress at the Tribeca Festival.

Tirel said Wild Bunch will place “Leave” in as many French fests as possible — it plays the Angers Festival on Monday — to goose word-of-mouth among auds and indie and arthouse exhibitors.

Wild Bunch aims to release Aladag’s debut on 60 prints or more mid-April.

“We had a crush on the movie. It’s a first-time director, a great story. It could stay in cinemas for two or three months,” Tirel said.

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