GKids has bought all North American rights to the animated feature “The Girl Without Hands” following the film’s premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film has already been announced to appear in competition at the Annecy International Animation Festival in June.

“The Girl Without Hands” is an adult fairytale based on a story by the Brothers Grimm. It’s directed by Sébastien Laudenbach from his own script and produced by Les Films Sauvages.

The story is set in hard times, with a miller selling his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands.

The deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman and David Jesteadt for GKids with Agathe Valentin, head of international sales for Pyramide International.

Eric Beckman said, “Dave and I were both blown away. The film has an utterly transporting beauty and poetry, while the story unfolds with the powerful dream logic of a fairytale, taking you into the darker, deeper, primal origins and emotional core of the Grimm’s tales.”

“With magic and cruelty, sublime beauty and tenderness, ‘The Girl Without Hands’ is  at once timeless and unlike anything you have seen before, a stunning example of the potential of the medium of animation as a powerful cinematic art form for adult moviegoers.”

Films distributed by GKids have received eight Oscar nominations since 2008.