PARIS– Gaul’s top indie distributor Metropolitan Filmexport has acquired French distribution rights to Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River” which will play in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
“Wind River,” which world premiere at Sundance, marks Sheridan’s directorial debut. Sheridan is the screenwriter of “Sicario” and most recently “Hell or High Water” which had also played at Un Certain Regard and earned four Oscar nominations, including a best picture nom.
Set on a Native American reservation, “Wind River” stars Elizabeth Olsen as an FBI agent who is investigating the murder of an 18-year-old Native American with the help of a local wildlife officer played by Jeremy Renner.
Voltage reps the film in international markets. “Wind River” will be released in the States on August 4.
Headed by Samuel and Victor Hadida, Metropolitan Filmexport is one of main purveyors of American films, both indies and studio movies, in France. Its upcoming slate also includes George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” and Doug Liman’s “The Wall.”
Other French pick-ups of Cannes-bound pics include Byun Sung-hyun (Whatcha Wearin’)’s “The Merciless,” a South Korean crime action film, to Paris-based ARP Selection; and Hong Sang-soo’s “Claire’s Camera,” a French-Korean drama with Isabelle Huppert and Shahira Fahmy, to Jour2Fete. “Claire’s Camera” will open in special screenings at Cannes, while “The Merciless” is set for a midnight screenings slot at the festival.