IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Quentin Dupieux’s “Reality” following its screening at AFI fest on Saturday.
“Reality,” which world premiered at Venice and won the Critics nod at Sitges, toplines Eric Wareheim, Alain Chabat (“Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami”), John Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), Elodie Bouchez (“Happy Few”) and Jonathan Lambert (“Love Lasts Three Years”). It’s produced by Gregory Bernard at Realitism Films.
“IFC released Dupieux’s previous movie, the Sundance-preeming ‘Wrong Cops’ and did a great job so we’re very happy to team up with them again on Reality,” said Bernard.
Nicolas Eshbach’s Indie Sales, which handles worldwide, has also sold the movie to Germany, Pierrot Le Fou, Praesens in Switzerland and O’Brother in Benelux.
Shot in Los Angeles in French and English, “Reality” weaves together the journeys of a trio: an 8-year-old girl who finds a mysterious VHS tape, a failed filmmaker shooting his first horror movie and a culinary TV host who loses his self-confidence because of an imaginary skin disease.
IFC is expecting to release the film in April. Diaphana will handle the French release in February.