Sundance Selects has acquired US rights to Olivier Assayas’ Venice-bound Non-Fiction, starring Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet.
The film, set to have its world premiere on the Lido and will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.
IFC Films and Sundance Selects have collaborated with Assayas on five previous projects, including Carlos, Clouds Of SIls Maria, Summer Hours, and Personal Shopper.
Non-Fiction follows the relationship between an editor and an author in the world of book publishing as they try to make sense of the industry’s digital transformation. Charles Gillibert of CG Cinema produced.
“We are honoured to be working with Olivier and Juliette once more on Non-Fiction,” said Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects. “Olivier’s ability to capture the eloquent but relentless nature of contemporary life is unparalleled. It is truly a fresh and vibrant screenplay with a supporting cast to match.”
“I’m very grateful to IFC Films for their faithful support of my work for the past ten years beginning with Summer Hours,” said Assayas. “Non-Fiction is another French language bittersweet comedy. I also hope it will hit the same emotional note that echoed through Summer Hours, even if it deals with the strange ways our world has moved in since.”
“We are delighted to have Sundance Selects on board for the U.S. distribution of Non-Fiction,” said Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-founder of Playtime. “Assayas is one of the handful of European filmmakers who have a name abroad and we look forward to working with them to make the film a success.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, executive vice-president of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films/Sundance Selects, and Playtime on behalf of the filmmaker.