Magnolia Pictures has pounced on US rights to The Girl From Monaco, Anne Fontaine's French box office hit which played at Locarno and Toronto this year.

The deal was confirmed yesterday by Yoann Ubermulhin of French sales agent Pyramide International.

'We are really glad to have our first collaboration with Magnolia on a film which has already been sold to many territories,' Ubermulhin commented.

'The Girl from Monaco is an extremely funny crowd pleaser from the superb Anne Fontaine. It also will be the notable introduction to American audiences of Louise Bourgoin, whose unbelievable allure make her a can't-miss star,' said Eamonn Bowles, President of Magnolia Pictures.

The US deal follows on from other sales on The Girl From Monaco, among them Benelux (Films de l'Elysee), Switzerland (Pathe), Germany/Austria (MFA+), Poland (Hagi), CIS/Baltic States (Luxor), Romania (Prorom), Canada (Seville Pictures), India (Alliance Lumiere) and Brazil (Imovision).