Pic is Canada's Oscar foreign-language submission

Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to Philippe Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar,” Canada’s official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Music Box made the announcement Thursday.

“Lazhar” won the Audience Award at the Locarno Film Festival and was named Best Canadian Feature last week at the Toronto International Film Festival. Pic was also named this week as the opening film for the fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Oct. 13.

“Monsieur Lazhar,” toplining Mohamed Fellag, Emilien Neron and Sophie Nelisse, follows the tale of an Algerian immigrant, who is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who tragically died.

The film is the latest production of Microscope, the same Montreal-based production company that produced “Incendies.”

The deal was negotiated by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, a partner in international sales agency Films Distribution and Music Box Films’ managing director Edward Arentz.

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