Chicago (Sept. 22, 2011) Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to the French-Canadian film MONSIEUR LAZHAR, Canada’s official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The film won the Audience Award at this summer’s Locarno Film Festival and was named Best Canadian Feature last week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Philippe Falardeau, MONSIEUR LAZHAR tells the story of an immigrant substitute teacher (played by Monhamed Fellag) who brings emotional stability to a middle school class shaken by the suicide of their well-liked teacher. The film is the latest production of Microscope, the same Montreal-based production company that produced the Academy Award-nominee “Incendies.” The deal was negotiated by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, a partner in international sales agency Films Distribution and Music Box Films’ managing director Edward Arentz. (more…)