IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Bruno Dumont’s Hadewijch, which won the FIPRESCI prize at Toronto following its world premiere last month.

The film centres on a religious exremist’s absolute love of god and the shocking consequences it brings. Newcomer Julie Sokolowsk stars.

Dumont wrote the screenplay and Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Brehat, Muriel Merlin and Dirk Wilutsky produced.

Hadewijch will receive its US premiere this weekend at the New York Film Festival with Dumont and Sokolowski in attendance. IFC will release in 2010 on its IFC In Theaters platform.

Lizzie Nastro brokered the deal for IFC Films with Yoann Ubermulhin of Pyramide International.

IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring hailed Dumont as “one of the most important film-makers working in the world”, adding: “With Hadewijch, he’s made his most accessible film that is going to be a real topic of discussion.”