Mister Smith Entertainment’s David Garrett has concluded the first sale on Nathan Morlando’s crime thriller “Mean Dreams,” which has its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday, to France’s LaBelle Company.

“Mean Dreams,” which is one of the most highly anticipated titles in the market, stars Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton (“Training Day,” “Big Love,” “Nightcrawler”), newcomers Josh Wiggins and Sophie Nelisse, and Colm Feore. The film is written by Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby, and produced by Woods Entertainment’s William Woods and Euclid431 Pictures’ Allison Black.

The editor is Ronald Sanders, a long-time collaborator of David Cronenberg. The music is by composer/recording artist Son Lux, a.k.a. Ryan Lott, who has worked with artists including Lorde and Sufjan Stevens.

Elevation Pictures will distribute the film theatrically in Canada.

The pic is a tense coming-of-age drama about a 15-year-old boy who steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the girl he loves, while her violent and corrupt cop father hunts them down, embarking on a journey that will change their lives forever.