London-based Intandem Films has added US drama Jolene to its slate ahead of Cannes.

Dan Ireland (The Whole Wide World) directed and international art dealer Riva Yares produced for Arizona-based Next Turn Productions.

Dennis Yares wrote the script inspired by EL Doctorow's short story Jolene: A Life, about a young woman who survives abusive foster homes and marries the wrong man but strives during a 10-year-period to find love and independence.

Jessica Chastain takes the title role. She will soon appear in Terrence Malick's Tree Of Life with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and in Al Pacino's Salomaybe.

The cast also features Dermot Mulroney, Denise Richards, Chazz Palminteri, Rupert Friend, andMichael Vartan.

Jolene will have its market debut in Cannes on May 15-16 and its festival world premiere in Seattle.

Gary Smith, Intandem's chairman, said: 'It is rare that Intandem would pick up rights to a completed film. Normally we would get involved from script stage and manage the process through to distribution to ensure maximum quality and success in the market place. However following a private screening of Jolene we were astounded by the quality of the film and its potential as a very commercial indie title in the market.'