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IFC takes Assayas’ ‘Something In the Air’

French pic is from 'Carlos' helmer

CANNES — IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Olivier Assayas’ “Something in the Air,” his upcoming follow-up to Cannes 2010 standout and Golden Globe-winning “Carlos.”

Deal sees IFC snapping up one of the potentially prime arthouse properties at this year’s Cannes market.

Produced, distributed in France and sold internationally by Nathanael Karmitz-headed MK2 in Paris, “Air” has also been bought for Germany by NFP.

Set in the early ’70s, and semi-autobiographical according to Assayas, “Air” turns on a Paris high school student torn between his artistic ambitions and post ’68 politics.

Shooting from June, mostly in France but also Italy and U.K., “Air” is about “teenagers in the ’70s: sex, art, politics, music,” Assayas told Daily Variety last month.

He also said it would be somewhat “lighter” than “Carlos,” the five hour 33 minute mini series/feature film charting the rise and fall of cosmopolitan ’70s terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, which was critically acclaimed at last year’s Cannes.

MK2 distributed “Carlos” in France and both distributed and sold internationally Assayas’ prior “Summer Hours,” another Cannes sales hit and IFC pick-up for the U.S. where it grossed $1.85 million.