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Cannes: Sundance Selects Buys U.S. Rights to ‘Graduation,’ ‘Unknown Girl’

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights from Wild Bunch to a pair of films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival — Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation” and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Unknown Girl.”

Sundance Selects made the announcement Thursday, shortly after the Cannes official selection lineup was unveiled.

The distributor noted that it had already acquired U.S. rights to another Cannes competition title with Nicole Garcia’s “From the Land of the Moon” while its sister company IFC Films has Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” in competition.

Graduation,” directed and written by Mungiu, stars Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus and Lia Bugnar. The film was produced by Mungiu’s Mobra Films; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne of Films du Fleuve; Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat of Why Not Productions; Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch; and Jean Labadie of Le Pacte.

The film is a family drama that centers on themes of parenting set against the backdrop of a small Romanian town where everybody knows everybody. Mungiu won the Palme d’Or in 2007 for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.”

“The Unknown Girl,” directed and written by the Dardennes, stars Adele Haenel, Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Fabrizio Rongione and Thomas Doret. The film, produced by Denis Freyd and the Dardennes, centers on a young doctor investigating the identity of a patient who died after being refused treatment.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.

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