Paris– Rolling off its warm reception at Venice Film Festival, Francois Ozon’s “Potiche” has been acquired by Music Box Films for U.S. distribution.
Chicago-based outfit Music Box is planning a theatrical bow next spring.
Deal was negotiated by French outfit Wild Bunch’s Carole Baraton and Music Box’s managing director Edward Arentz.
Based on Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy’s hit play, the 1977-set satirical comedy has Catherine Deneuve play a trophy housewife who turns into an assertive factory manager and member of parliament.
Tackling women’s emancipation with humor and melodrama, “Potiche” marks Ozon’s first comedy since 2002′ “8 Women.”
Pic stars well-known French thesps, including Gerard Depardieu and Fabrice Lucchini (“The Girl from Monaco”).
Mars Distribution will release the pic in Gaul on 500-600 prints on Nov. 10.
Potiche’s first Toronto screening is set for Sep. 13.
The Catherine Deneuve starrer has already closed Italy (Bim) and Japan (Gaga Communications).