Curzon has snapped up UK rights to French filmmaker Suzanne Lindon’s debut feature Spring Blossom amid a flurry of deals for the title ahead of its premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section later on Thursday.
Paris-based Luxbox, which is handling international sales, also unveiled fresh deals to Canada (Axia Films), China (Hugo East) and Switzerland (First Hands).
They join previously announced deals to Benelux (Cinéart) and Germany (MFA+ Filmdistribution). The film will be released by Paname Distribution in France.
Spring Blossom is one of 15 first features selected by the Cannes Film Festival for its 56-title special 2020 Official Selection, which it announced in June in the absence of a physical festival.
It is among nine Cannes 2020 titles due to play at TIFF this year, which also include Francis Lee’s Ammonite (UK), Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round (Denmark) and Naomi Kawase’s True Mothers (Japan).
Lindon, who is the daughter of Cannes Palme d’Or winning actor Vincent Lindon and actress Sandrine Kiberlain, wrote, directed and co-stars in the film.
She plays a precocious teenager, bored by people of her own age, who finds a fleeting soulmate in an older, equally disenchanted actor played by BPM co-star Arnaud Valois.
The feature is produced by Caroline Bonmarchand at Avenue B Productions whose recent credits include Sophie Letourneur’s comedy Enormous and Sébastian Marnier’s School’s Out.
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