Distrib Films U.S. Grabs Cannes Fortnight Opener ‘In the Shadow of Women’

Distrib Films U.S. has picked up all U.S. rights to Philippe Garrel’s “In the Shadow of Women” (“L’Ombre des Femmes”) a week before the film is set to premiere on the opening night of Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

Written by Jean-Claude Carriere (“Belle de Jour,” “Certified Copy”), Caroline Deruas and Arlette Langmann and directed by Garrel, the film stars Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar and Lena Paugam in a story about two documentary filmmakers whose romantic relationship is complicated when one of them takes a young lover.

Garrel’s film “The Virgin Bed” screened as part of the first Directors Fortnight at Cannes in 1969.

Distrib Films U.S. released Garrel’s previous movie, “Jealousy,” last year. The distribution deal for “In the Shadow of Women” was inked by Distrib Films U.S. president Francois Scippa-Kohn with Carole Baraton and Olivier Barbier of Wild Bunch.

Garrel’s latest joins a roster of recent acquisitions at Distrib that includes “Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor,” “Party Girl” and “The Great Man.”

“In the Shadow of Women” launches the Directors Fortnight sidebar at Cannes May 14. Exact timeline for the release remains to be set.

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