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Strand Releasing nabs ‘Michael’

Pic premiered at Cannes

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Markus Schleinzer’s drama “Michael” from Les Films du Losange.

“Michael,” which had its world premiere in the main competition at Cannes, focuses in on the last five months of a 10-year-old boy’s life under the control of a man who keeps him locked in a basement.

The film will have its North American premiere Friday at Toronto. It’s the debut feature for Schleinzer, whose previous efforts as a casting director include “Dog Days,” “white Ribbon and “Lovely Rita.”

The film has been sold to more than 14 European territories including Artificial Eye in U.K., Wild Bunch Benelux , Fidalgo in Norway, Filmcoopi in Switzerland. Films du Losange will release the film in France on Nov. 2.

The deal was done between Strand’s Jon Gerrans and Les Films du Losange’s Agathe Valentin.

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