Distrib Films U.S. has acquired U.S. rights to “This Is Our Land,” Lucas Delvaux’s movie about a fictional far-right party. The film sparked a controversy during this year’s presidential election in France.
The movie portrays a charismatic thirtysomething single mother (Emilie Dequenne) who gets “hired” by the far-right party to become its representative in an underprivileged town in Northern France. The film sparked uproar within the real-life National Front party.
The deal was made between Distrib Films U.S.’s co-founder Francois Scippa-Kohn and Camille Neel at Le Pacte.
Scippa-Kohn said the film was a fiction very closely inspired by the last electoral French campaign that saw right wing leader Marine Le Pen reach a peak in polls.
“We’re thrilled to be working on this movie which has a particular take on society’s illnesses and dangerous passion for extremism. Lucas Belvaux has always been a very singular and powerful voice for political cinema, mixing genres and expressing his views thanks to very strong cinematic skills,” added Scippa-Kohn.
The company’s current slate includes Raymond Depardon “12 Days” and Cannes 2017 Critics’ Week player “A Violent Life,” among other French and European titles.
“This Is Our Land” will be opening in New York on April 18, followed by other major U.S. markets.
One of France’s rare movies examining homegrown populism and the country’s own brand of far-right politics, “This Is Our Land” was produced by David Frankel at Synecdoche. Le Pacte handles international sales.