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Strand plants ‘Bonsai’

Distrib takes rights to Chilean pic

Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Cristian Jimenez’s dramedy “Bonsai” from Rezo and plans a release early next year.

The Chilean film, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, chronicles the relationship of an aspiring young novelist who falls in love with a woman as he tries to woo her with his writing skills, and in turn recounts the romance he had eight years earlier with a past classmate.

“Bonsai” is based on Alejandro Zambra’s novel and includes music by Caroline Chaspoul and Eduardo Henriquez of the indie-rock band Panico. Pic is produced by Chilean film company Jirafa (“Huacho,” “Old Cats,” “Optical Illusions”), in co-production with France’s Rouge Intl. It’s Jimenez’s second feature, after “Optical Illusions,” and both co-producers continue to work with him on his upcoming film.

Rezo, the Paris-based sales, production and distribution company, took international rights to “Bonsai” prior to Cannes. The deal was done between Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and Rezo’s Sebastien Chesneau.

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