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‘Bastards’ Finds U.S. Parent in Sundance Selects

Drama generated divisive reaction at Cannes

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Claire Denis’ family drama “Bastards,” three months after its divisive premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Bastards” stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni and Michel Subor and was produced by Alcatraz Films and Wild Bunch. The film’s North American premiere will take place at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, followed by its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival.

Sundance Selects is planning to release the film Oct.  25.

Lindon plays a captain on a container-ship called back to Paris by his desperate sister, portrayed by Mastroianni, to exact revenge on a powerful businessman who she blames for her husband’s suicide and the failure of the family business.

Scott Foundas of Variety gave the film a strong review at Cannes: “The insidious web of money, sex and power — a vintage film noir premise — entangles all of the characters in ‘Bastards,’ a hypnotic nocturnal thriller from Claire Denis.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.

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SEE ALSO: Scott Foundas’ entire review of ‘Bastards’

 

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