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Claire Denis' Toronto-Bound "Bastards" Acquired by Sundance Selects

Sundance Selects is acquiring U.S. rights to Claire Denis' "Bastards," which premiered at Cannes and will screen next month at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the New York Film Festival.

Sundance Selects is planning to release the film October 25. 


"Bastards" follows Marco Silvestri, a captain on a container-ship who is called urgently back to Paris by his desperate sister Sandra. Sandra's husband has committed suicide, the family business has gone under, her daughter has gone adrift and she holds powerful businessman Edouard Laporte responsible. Determined to exact a terrible revenge for the violence done to his family, Marco moves into the building where Laporte's mistress Raphaelle lives; but he can't avoid Sandra's secret manipulations… or the fact that he is falling in love with Raphaelle.

Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau co-wrote "Bastards," which stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni and Michel Subor. The film was produced by Alcatraz Films and Wild Bunch.   


"Claire Denis is a remarkable filmmaker who has once again created a powerful work of cinema. 'Bastards' is a complex, thought-provoking addition to her already impressive body of work. We look forward to working with her again," said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

Deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP of acquisitions & productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.