IFC Films has picked up USdistribution rights to two award-winning pictures that screened in competitionat Cannes this year, Kore-eda Hirokaza's Nobody Knows and Hans Weingartner's The Edukators.
International sales for bothtitles are being handled by Celluloid Dreams.
Nobody Knows is styled as a heartbreaking and humorous account ofthe daily lives of four siblings who are abandoned by their loving yet immaturemother.
Hirokaza wrote, directed andproduced the feature, which earned its 14-year-old star Yuuya Yagira the bestactor award at Cannes.
The Edukators centres on two young German friends who set out tomake a political statement by breaking into expensive homes of the wealthy andrearrange furniture as an act of political rebellion.
When one of theirgirlfriends is brought into the fold, the dynamics and circumstances alterimmeasurably and their seemingly innocuous actions turn treacherous.
Weingartner wrote andco-directed the piece, which stars rising international star Daniel Bruhl, of GoodbyeLenin fame.
"These are two outstandingfilms from two very accomplished filmmakers with incredible performances bytheir respective casts," stated Jonathan Sehring. "Both films were received enthusiastically at Cannes. NobodyKnows is a triumph for Kore-eda, adirector we have long admired. The Edukators is an intelligent thriller with a knock out surpriseending. They are valued additions to the IFC slate and we are thrilled tocontinue our relationship with Celluloid Dreams."
The acquisitions were negotiatedby Jonathan Sehring and Sarah Lash, Director of Acquisitions for IFC Films andHengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie for Celluloid Dreams.
IFC Films, which iscurrently co-distributing Fahrenheit 9/11, has an upcoming slate including documentary Dust To Glory, and it is own productions Me And You AndEveryone We Know and American Gun.
Patrick Frater in London contributed to this report