NEW YORK — IFC Films has locked U.S. distribution deals for two titles from this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s award winner “Nobody Knows” and German newcomer Hans Weingartner’s cross-generational drama “The Edukators.”
Inspired by true events, writer-director-producer Kore-Eda’s film examines the spiritual and emotional lives of children through its account of four siblings undergoing a crash course in premature adulthood after being abandoned by their unreliable mother. Fourteen-year-old Yuya Yagira won the best actor award at Cannes for his role as the eldest child.
Playing out the conflicts between contemporary youth who have appropriated late ’60s anger and idealism with a former radical now lapsed into bourgeois conservatism, Weingartner’s anti-establishment rebellion drama chronicles a hastily improvised kidnapping by three young activists when they are discovered in the home of a businessman. Cast is headed by rising Euro star Daniel Bruhl (“Good Bye Lenin!”).
“These are two outstanding films from two very accomplished filmmakers with incredible performances by their respective casts,” said IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring. “They are valued additions to the IFC slate.”
IFC teamed with Lions Gate and Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Fellowship Adventure Group to co-distribute Michael Moore’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Also out of Cannes, the distrib acquired Dana Brown’s “Dust to Glory,” a feature doc on off-road racing’s legendary Baja 1,000 event, now in post-production.
Negotiations for “Nobody Knows” and “The Edukators” were begun during Cannes and finalized recently by Sehring and IFC director of acquisitions Sarah Lash with Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie of sales agent Celluloid Dreams. No release dates have been set.
IFC last year picked up Norwegian comedy “Kitchen Stories” from Celluloid Dreams out of Cannes’ Directors Fortnight.