Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer-director Danièle Thompson’s Cezanne et Moi, a French-language period drama about the decade-long friendship between painter Paul Cezanne and novelist Emile Zola. Guillaume Gallienne and Guillaume Canet star.

Cézanne was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, while Zola came from a poor background but achieved notoriety as a novelist. The film traces their parallel paths from Aix-en-Provence to Paris, while exploring their fears and ambitions. G Films’ Albert Koski is producer.

Pathé International has closed deals for 20 international territories since last year’s American Film Market debut.