Picturehouse Entertainment has announced the acquisition of French thriller Custody for the UK.
The film, by first time director Xavier Legrand, won the SIlver Lion for best director and best first film at the Venice Film Festival, and the audience award at San Sebastian.
The deal was negotiated by Clare Binns and Paul Ridd of Picturehouse Entertainment with Charlotte Mickie of Celluloid Dreams.
Picturehouse Entertainment plans to release the film in the second quarter of 2018.
Read more: ‘Custody’: Venice Review
Custody, about a divorced woman and her children who find themselves under attack from a violent and abusive ex, stars Denis Menochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria and Mathilde Auneveu.
Clare Binns said: “I am absolutely delighted to have acquired this excellent new film, heralding a new and exciting European talent. [This] continues our firm commitment to championing new and distinctive voices in European filmmaking following on from the success of God’s Own Country.”
Charlotte Mickie said: “Celluloid Dreams is simply delighted to have a UK distributor as discerning and astute as Picturehouse come aboard for Custody. It’s our first collaboration together and it will be a wonderful one.”
The UK premiere of the film is tomorrow (Oct 11) at the BFI London Film Festival.