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Argentine Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan” has closed all French rights with Diaphana Distribution.

Pic was produced by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo, K&S Films, Telefonica Studios and Fox Intl. Prods.

Struck Friday night at the European Film Market by sales agent The Film Factory off a two-minute promo, the deal confirms the sales potential of the latest title from Trapero (“White Elephant,” “Lion’s Den”) since France often rates as the biggest international territory out for foreign-language movie sales. Twentieth Century Fox has already taken Latin American rights.

The Diaphana deal for France kicks starts sales on “The Clan,” which Film Factory closed for world sales in the run-up to Berlin.

Now in post, “The Clan” is being talked up by pundits as a frontrunner for selection at the Cannes Festival where Trapero’s “The Lion’s Den” played in competition and “The White Elephant” in Un Certain Regard.

One of France’s top arthouse distributors, Diaphana Distribution second half 2014 releases include Scarlett Johansson-starrer “Under the Skin,” bought from FilmNation, Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner.” It ranked just behind Sony Pictures Releasing in distributors charts in France for 2014.

The 1980s-set “The Clan,” based on real events, stars Guillermo Francella (“The Secret of Their Eyes,” “Heart of a Lion”), one of Argentina’s biggest marquee draws, as Arquimedes Puccio, the patriarch of Clan Puccio, a well-heeled Buenos Aires family that abducted people from its own neighborhood, killing them after their families paid the ransom.

“This is a behind-the-scenes portrait of the Argentine society of the ’80s, which unfortunately has a lot in common with Argentina’s society of today, its double morality, the hypocrisy of many people,” Trapero told Variety on “The Clan’s” Buenos Aires set in December.