‘How I Live Now’ to get Gallic release

TF1 Intl. acquires Macdonald's family drama

Exclusive: TF1 Intl. has acquired French rights to Kevin Macdonald’s “How I Live Now,” which it will release through its distribution arm, UGC.

Pic, which is being sold by Blighty-based Protagonist, follows a 15-year-old girl from New York who is sent to England to stay with cousins.

After a love affair ensues with her cousin, a war breaks out which separates the family.

Story is based on the tome by Meg Rosoff and script is adapted by scribes Tony Grisoni (“Red Riding Trilogy”) and Jeremy Brock, who penned “The Eagle” and “The Last King of Scotland” for Macdonald.

Pic, which is casting, will shoot in the U.K. next year. Pre-Cannes, Alliance Films acquired rights for Canada and Blighty through its U.K. arm, Momentum Pictures.

Macdonald descended on the Croisette on Wednesday, unveiling footage of his current documentary “Marley,” based on the life of reggae sensation Bob Marley, to buyers. Fortissimo Films is selling the biodoc.