Films Distribution has picked up Directors' Fortnight selection Salamandra by director Pablo Aguero heading into the Cannes Film Festival.
The company will handle world sales on the feature debut which is also in contention for the Camera d'Or.
Films Distribution co-founder Nicolas Brigaud Robert tells ScreenDaily, 'The director and the cinematography are amazing. I'm really surprised no one picked it up until now; we jumped on it. Sometimes things that come out of the blue like this are our best pick ups.'
Regarding the rest of the company's line up, Films Distribution boasts competition film Frontier Of Dawn from Philippe Garrel; Raymond Depardon's Un Certain Regard title Modern Life and Fortnight selections On War from Bertrand Bonello, Private Lessons by Joachim Lafosse and Bouli Lanners' Eldorado .
In the market, it will screen Baby Love by Vincent Garenq about a homosexual man trying to have a child and starring Lambert Wilson, Pascal Elbe and Pilar Lopez De Ayala; Claus Drexel's Family Values, a grown-up thriller starring Andre Dussollier and Miou-Miou; Robert Guediguian's Lady Jane and Eran Riklis' acclaimed Lemon Tree , among others.
The company is adding a new twist to its market presentations this year with special promo reel screenings of all of its films - completed and upcoming - in order to 'make it easier for buyers' to get a taste of the line up in one fell swoop, notes Brigaud Robert.