Pic preemed as Critics' Week Opening Night film at Cannes

‘Conquest’ for Music Box

Music Box Films has snapped up U.S. rights to French political drama “The Conquest.”

Film, which screened out of competition on May 18 at Cannes, is directed by Xavier Durringer and focuses on the political ascendency of current French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Music Box announced the deal Wednesday and said it is planning an aggressive U.S. theatrical release to precede the upcoming U.S. presidential primary season.

The film was produced by Mandarin Films in association with Canal Plus.

Music Box partners Edward Arentz and William Schopf negotiated the deal with Cecile Gagnet and Yohann Comte of Gaumont, the film’s international sales agent.

Sundance makes a ‘Declaration’

Sundance Selects has acquired all U.S. rights to Valerie Donzelli’s “Declaration of War” from Wild Bunch.

The film preemed at the Cannes Film Festival as the Critics’ Week opening-night film.

Produced by Edouard Weil, pic was written by Donzelli and Jeremie Elkam, who both star in the film. “Declaration” is based on their own real-life experiences.

Deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers for Sundance Selects with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers. — Dave McNary

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