Artificial Eye has acquired the UK rights to Lady Chatterley, which is playing in Berlinale Panorama.

Films Distribution is handling international sales.

Pascale Ferran directed the France-Belgium co-production, an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's story John Thomas and Lady Jane. Ferran recently won best director at the Lumiere Awards, with actress Marina Hands winning best actress.

The film is up for nine Cesar Awards, which are handed out February 24. It already tied for France's Golden Stars Of Cinema award and won the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc.

Screen International critic Benny Crick wrote of the film: 'Elevated by a gracious breakthrough performance by Marina Hands, it returns Ferran to the front rank of French arthouse film-makers.'