US distributor Wellspring has acquired US rights to two filmswhich played at this year's Cannes Film Festival - Alexander Sokurov's FIPRESCIprizewinner Father And Son and Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold, winner of the Jury Prize in the UnCertain Regard section.
Both acquisitions continue Wellspring's association with thefilm-makers, following its US release of Sokurov's Russian Ark - which has just passed $2m in its 25thweek - and Panahi's The Circle.
Wellspring's head of acquisitions Marie Therese Guirgis and PierreMenahem of Celluloid Dreams closed the deal on both films.
Father And Son is the second film in Sokurov's planned Family Trilogy (after hisacclaimed Mother and Son) and focuses on the relationship between a veteran of theSoviet-Afghan war and his teenage soldier son.
Crimson Gold opens with a jewellery store robbery and suicide as a scene-steerfor its poignant exploration of contemporary Iranian society.
"Crimson Gold is a model of rich, subtle and big-hearted film-making and simplythe most moving film I saw in Cannes this year," Guirgis said in a statement.
"Father AndSon, like Russian Ark, is a visually breathtaking film whichwill surprise Sokurov's current admirers and attract new ones."