Film Movement Acquires Cannes Competition Title ‘Grigris’

The fifth feature film from director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Grigris won the Vulcan Award for technical achievement in May at the Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of a 25-year-old Chadian who dreams of being a professional dancer despite his paralyzed leg. When his stepfather falls critically ill, Grigris is forced to turn to the illicit trade of oil trafficking to pay the hospital bills. When he befriends a beautiful but damaged prostitute, the two try to start a new life together, but their pasts threaten to derail their plans. Film Movement has acquired all North American rights and plans a NY theatrical opening in early 2014, with a limited national rollout to follow. The distributor also bought Haroun’s A Screaming Man. The Grigris acquisition was negotiated by Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein and VP Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget, and Agathe Valentin, Head of International Sales at Les Films du Losange.

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