‘Choristes’ deal sings

M'max takes domestic duties, IFC nabs TV

PARK CITY — Miramax Films has pacted with IFC Films to co-distribute “Les Choristes,” France’s official Oscar entry for best foreign film. Pic opens nationally Friday.

Under the arrangement, Miramax will handle domestic theatrical duties while IFC takes domestic free TV rights for its cable net. IFC also gets non-exclusive video-on-demand as part of the deal.

“Choristes” follows a middle-aged teacher who takes on a post at a school for juvenile delinquents in the wake of WWII. He changes the course of his students’ lives when he teaches the boys to sing and creates a chorus.

Helmer Christophe Barratier penned the screenplay with Philippe Lopes-Curval. Arthur Cohn and Jacques Perrin produced. Miramax bought the film a year ago in Berlin after it emerged as one of the fest’s hot titles.

With Miramax co-heads Bob and Harvey Weinstein still in talks with Disney over their contracts, it has been unclear what projects the brothers may take with them should they exit the Mouse House. Miramax has been actively wheeling and dealing of late, seeking to partner on various projects in its pipeline and picking up the hotly tipped Sundance title “Wolf Creek.”

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The Weinsteins worked with IFC previously on the breakout “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which was also rolled out by Lions Gate.