Strand Releasing hasacquired all US rights to Emmanuel Bourdieu's Poison Friends from Les Films du Losange.

The picture, which will playin official selection at the 44th New York Film Festival, follows a group ofcollege intellectuals who fall prey to a charming pathological liar. It starsDominique Blanc and Natacha Regnier among others.

Strand Releasing's JonGerrans negotiated the deal with Les Films du Losange's Daniela Elstner. Thecompany plans a spring 2007 release.

"We're thrilled to beworking with Les Films du Losange and that the film has been selected for the NewYork Film Festival," Strand co-president Marcus Hu said.