French sales outfit Bac has swooped to take international sales rights on Nicolas Provost’s The Invader — a world premiere in Orrizonti (Horizons) in Venice this week before going on to Toronto.

“We have been tracking the film for some time. We think it will play very well with international arthouse distributors,” Mathieu Robinet, Sales & Acquisition executive at Bac, commented in Venice this weekend. Robinet added that Provost was “a talent to follow.”

The deal was also confirmed by producer Jacques-Henri Bronckhart of Brussels-based Versus Production. Versus’ sister company O’Brother will be handling the Belgian distribution.

While Bac is handling international sales, the French outfit won’t be distributing the film in France. Robinet confirmed that he was looking for a French buyer.

The Invader stars Issaka Sawadogo and Stefania Rocca. It was produced by Versus, Prime Time and Swedish outfit Hepp film. Partly inspired by Hollywood anti-hero films of the 1970s, The Invader is the story of an immigrant in Brussels who goes on the rampage after breaking up with his beautiful businesswoman girlfriend.

Highly feted Belgian director Provost was also in Venice last year with Stardust, which featured one of the final screen appearances from the late Dennis Hopper.

Also on Bac’s autumn market slate is Americano, the debut feature by Matthieu Demy (son of Jacques Demy and Agnes Varda). The film, a special presentation at TIFF, stars Demy himself alongside Salma Hayek, Chiara Mastroianni, Geraldine Chaplin and Carlos Bardem.

Title: The Invader

Producer: Versus Production, Revolver Films, Avenue B Productions, Prime Time and Hepp Film

Director: Nicolas Provost

Cast: Issaka Sawadogo and Stefania Rocca