Los Angeles and London-basedproduction and distribution company Myriad Pictures is in final negotiations toacquire all foreign rights outside the US and English-speaking Canada to thecomedy-drama A Foreign Affair, companypresident Kirk D'Amico announced today (May 1).

The Black & White Filmsproduction played in the American Spectrum strand at Sundance earlier this yearand Myriad will be offering to buyers at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

A Foreign Affair marks the feature directorial debut of Dutch film-maker HelmutSchleppi and stars David Arquette and Tim Blake Nelson as two men who journeyto Russia on a "romance tour" in search of a wife following the death of theirmother.

Emily Mortimer co-stars as the British journalist they meet on thetrip. Filmed on location in St Petersburg, A Foreign Affair was shot during one of the renownedreal-life "romance tours," with actual American and Russian would-be partnersas extras.

D'Amico and Myriad's senior vice president of business affairsDavid Miercort negotiated the acquisition with UTA's Howard Cohen, LighthouseEntertainment's Steven Siebert and attorney Thomas Hunter acting on behalf ofBlack & White Films.

"The talented team behind this movie has a background indocumentary making, which adds a unique blend of fact and fiction to thisextremely entertaining film. We think that the film-makers and actors draw usinto this sexy and yet quite comedic world," D'Amico said in a statement.

Arquette andNelson served as executive producers with Geert Heetebrij, RuthSchleppi-Verboom, Tonneke Bijker, her late husband Dirk-Jan Bijker and theirsons David-Jan Bijker and Esli Bijker.