The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for IFC Films, and with Matthieu Giblin of MK2.
IFC has continued its Cannes buys with Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy. The Competition title stars Juliette Binoche and William Shimell.
The plot follows a British author and a French gallery owner meeting in a small Italian village. The film is Kiarostami’s first feature outside of Iran.
The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for IFC Films, and with Matthieu Giblin of MK2, on behalf of the filmmakers. IFC Films will release Certified Copy via its IFC in Theaters platform, bringing movies on demand the same day they hit theatres.
Producers are Marin Karmitz, Nathanael Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, and Angelo Barbagallo. The film was executive produced by Gaetano Daniele.
Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment said: “For all of us at IFC Films, Certified Copy is the discovery of the Cannes Film Festival. We are honored to bring what we think will be Abbas Kiarostami’s most successful American release, featuring an absolutely radiant performance by Juliette Binoche, to audiences. We are also very happy to be working with our friends at MK2 again after our successful collaborations on Summer Hours and Paranoid Park.”
“We really couldn’t have hoped for a better distributor to guide Abbas Kiarostami’s film to U.S. audiences. In light of our past history of successful releases such as last year’s Summer Hours, we are more than confident that this film will gain from IFC Films’ capacity to unite European films with a large audience. This bridge uniting Europe and the U.S. gives hope to uncompromising directors everywhere,” added producers Nathanaël Karmitz and Charles Gillibert of MK2.
Earlier in the market, IFC took on Heartbeats and Prey.