Indie film distrib Vertice Cine has acquired Spanish theatrical and home entertainment rights to Dominik Moll’s 18th Century-set thriller “The Monk,” starring Gallic thesp Vincent Cassel.

Based on Matthew G. Lewis’ gothic novel, “Monk” narrates the rise and tragic downfall of a Spanish capuchin monk, Ambrosio. Deborah Francois, Josephine Japy, Sergi Lopez and Catherine Monchet topline the pic which is structured as a France-Spain co-production and produced by Paris-based shingle Diaphana Films alongside Spain’s Morena Films and Estrategia Audiovisual.

“Monk’s” distribution pact marks a further step in Vertice Cine’s close relationship with prodco Morena, whose international co-productions “Bon Appetit” and “Neon Flesh” were released by Vertice last year in Spain. A regular partner on European projects, often from France, Morena’s 2011 co-production slate includes Laurent Tirard’s “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia,” and Benoit Jacquot’s French Revolution drama “Les Adieux a la reine,” starring Diane Kruger.

Vertice plans to launch “Monk” this fall, after pic premieres in Spain at the upcoming San Sebastian fest’s Zabaltegi-Specials sidebar.