Dan Talbot's New Yorker has acquired US rights to Cannes title Etre Et Avoir, a documentary by Nicolas Philibert which was screened out of competition in the main selection.

Mercure Distribution, which is handling worldwide sales duties, has also sold Japanese rights to the title, which follows a group of children and their teacher in a small school in the centre of France, to Long Ride. Italian rights have gone to Bim and several other major territories are currently in advanced negotiations, including the UK and Spain.

The reception to the film in Cannes was so positive that Les Films du Losange, which had originally planned a 20-print release in France at the end of August, now intends to open the film on 120 prints.