PVR Pictures, the production and distribution arm of Indian exhibitor PVR, has announced a slew of acquisitions concluded at Cannes, including competition titles Broken Embraces and Taking Woodstock.

Both titles were acquired from Focus Features, which also sold Alejandro Amenabar’s Agora, romantic drama Traveling starring Jennifer Aniston and animated feature 9 to PVR.

PVR also acquired Shana Feste’s The Greatest, starring Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon, from Kimmel International, and Martin Campbell’s Edge Of Darkness, starring Mel Gibson, from GK Films. Agora screened out of competition at Cannes.

PVR, which has previously distributed films such as Burn After Reading, Blindness and Death At A Funeral, said that most of the titles would be released in India this year.

The company also stated that it aims to attract new audiences, fill a gap in the market and develop cinema viewing patterns by exposing Indian audiences to new genres.

“We are delighted to be distributing some of the renowned movies showcased at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 in India this year,” said PVR Pictures CEO Uday Singh.

“With movies like Broken Embraces and Taking Woodstock having received impressive reviews this year, we would like to get an exciting array of international movies for our Indian audiences.”