IFC has picked up two films screening at this month's New York Film Festival, taking North American rights to Claude Chabrol's thriller A Girl Cut In Two and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's comedy Actresses.

A Girl Cut In Two previously screened in Venice and Toronto and was a
hit earlier this summer in France. Ludivine Sagnier stars as a TV weather girl who is pursued by an older married man and the young scion of a pharmaceutical empire. Francois Berleand and Benoit Magimel round out the key cast.

Actresses received its world premiere in Cannes where it won the Jury Prize for the Un Certain Regard, and traces a relationship that develops between a performer and an old friend from drama school. Tedeschi, Noemie Lvovsky and Mathieu Amalric star.

'Claude Chabrol is at the top of his game with A Girl Cut In Two, one of the most fully realised, funny and sometimes mysterious films of his late career,' IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring said.

'Valeria Bruni Tedeschi had us mesmerised with Actresses As a portrait of an artist whose biological clock is ticking, Tedeschi's film soars into the company of some of the greatest films ever put on screen about acting.'

IFC's vice president of acquisitions and production Arianna Bocco negotiated both deals with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.