Film Movement has usurped U.S. rights to My King, director Maïwenn’s pic that is up for eight Cesar Awards including Best Film. The company plans a 2016 theatrical release for the drama, which premiered at Cannes and will make its Stateside bow at NYC’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in March.
In My King, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) is recovering from a skiing accident at a rehabilitation center that heals the physical body as well as emotional psyche. During this time, she looks back on the turbulent relationship she experienced with the charming but extremely self-centered lothario Georgio (Vincent Cassel). While Tony recovers physically, she explores her metaphysical pain, questioning what attracted her to Georgio in the first place and, more important, why she stayed with him for so long.
Bercot won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her role — sharing the award with Carol‘s Rooney Mara — and she and Cassel are up for lead acting trophies at the Cesars, which will be handed out in Paris on February 26, two days before the Oscars.
“My King continues to show the strong storytelling style of Maïwenn, exploring a subject in a way that is wholly her own, so that the film stays with you long after it has ended,” said Film Movement President Michael Rosenberg, who negotiated the deal with Aska Yamaguchi, SVP International Sales at StudioCanal. “We are pleased to be releasing the film in the U.S.”
Film Movement’s recent pickups include Men Go To Battle and documentaries My Love, Don’t Cross That River and The Other Side.