Music Box Films, the Chicago-based distributor of Golden Globe nominee The Club, has just acquired the drama The Innocents from French filmmaker Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Formerly titled Agnus Dei, the film follows a young French Red Cross doctor based in Warsaw 1945 who is asked by a nun for help. She is brought to a cloistered Benedictine convent where she discovers a young novice in labor. It soon becomes clear that the entire order has been profoundly traumatized and several other nuns are pregnant from a series of brutal sexual assaults by the “liberating” Red Army. Needing medical assistance and fearing the shame of exposure and the hostility of the newly installed Communist government, the nuns – their faith challenged – turn to the non-believing doctor who becomes their only hope.
The Innocents was produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer of Madarin Films. The film opens in France on February 10th via Mars Distribution and will open in the U.S. in July.
Music Box Films acquired all film rights in the U.S. in a deal that started negotiations at Sundance. Music Box Films’ president William Schopf and managing partner Nicolas Brigaud-Robert at Films Distribution did the deal. They previously distributed the Independent Spirit Award nominee Meru.