Magnolia Pictures said today that it has acquired all U.S. rights to Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days. The film, which just premiered in Directors’ Fortnight, stars Mathieu Amalric (Quantum Of Solace), Quentin Dolmaire and Lou Roy-Lecollinet. Desplechin wrote the script with Julie Peyr. Pascal Caucheteux of Why Not Productions produced.
My Golden Days centers on Paul Dédalus, an anthropolgist preparing to leave Tajikistan, who has a series of flashbacks that include his childhood in Roubaix, his mother’s attacks of madness and his father’s alienating depression. He remembers his trip to the USSR, where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity for a young Russian, whom he considered a phantom twin for the remainder of his life as well as remembering Esther, the beautiful, rude love of his life.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Magnolia Pictures SVP Acquisitions Dori Begley and VP Acquisitions John Von Thaden with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.
“Arnaud Desplechin is a true master, and in My Golden Days he gives us another incredibly radiant, wise, funny and human film,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “We’re thrilled to be handling such a gem.”