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Oscilloscope takes on Gondry's Thorn In The Heart

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Michel Gondry’s documentary The Thorn In The Heart(L’Epine Dans Le Coeur).

The film just had its world premiere as a Special Screening in Cannes.

The film examines Gondry’s aunt Suzette’s years as a school teacher and her life in rural France. Partizan Films produced.

Oscilloscope plans a theatrical release, with DVD and digital roll-out to follow. Oscilloscope’s David Fenkel negotiated the deal with CAA on behalf of Gondry and Partizan.

In a statement Gondry said: “So I called up my best friend Etienne and told him, ‘Guess who’s distributing my documentary about my aunt?’ and he said, ‘who?’ and I said, ‘MCA from Beastie Boys’ and Etienne said, ‘The Beastie Boy bought your Aunt’s documentary?! Get the f*** out of here!’ and I said, ‘Yeah!!!’”

“Michel is one of the most innovative and creative people in the world,” Oscilloscope Laboratories head Adam Yauch said. “So it’s great to see him making a sincere doc on a subject that is so close to his heart.”

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