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IFC acquires Jaoui’s ‘Let It Rain’

Film unit grabs 'Sauna' for Festival Direct

IFC has acquired Agnes Jaoui’s New York Film Festival entry “Let It Rain” and, for its VOD-only Festival Direct offering, Finnish horror pic “Sauna.”

“Rain” is a satire about a self-absorbed novelist (played by Jaoui) and her troubled homecoming.

Pic will have its premiere at the New York fest on Friday.

“Rain” is the third French pic IFC has at the fest, joining Catherine Deneuve starrer “A Christmas Tale” and Olivier Assayas’ “Summer Hours.”

The film is the third collaboration between Jaoui and screenwriter Jean-Pierra Bacri, following Oscar-nommed “The Taste of Others.” “Rain” will bow simultaneously in theaters and on VOD in the second half of 2009.

“Sauna” screened well in Toronto and also drew plaudits from genre fans at Fantastic Fest and Sitges.

Set in 16th-century Finland, “Sauna” follows two brothers who abandon a young girl to die a horrible death. Then, in a nameless village in the middle of a swamp, they discover an ancient, ominous sauna where all sins are supposed to be washed away.

Pic preems in Finland on Oct. 24.