Wellspring haspicked up rights to Jacques Audiard's noir drama The Beat That My HeartSkipped, which won theSilver Bear for best music at the recent Berlin International Film festival.
The distributorplans a summer US release for the picture, a remake of James Toback's 1970'snoir Fingers thatstars Romain Duris and is produced by Pascal Caucheteaux of Why NotProductions, Sedif and France 3 Cinema.
Set in Paris,the action centres on an aggressive property developer whose dreams of pursuinghis musical aspirations are stymied when his thuggish father becomes embroiledin a sour deal with the Russian Mafia.
Niels Arestrup,Linh-Dan Pham, Aure Atika and Emmanuelle Devos also star.
Wellspring'shead of acquisitions Marie Therese Guirgis negotiated the deal with CharlotteMickie of Celluloid Dreams.
"With this film,Jacques Audiard proves to be one of the most accomplished and entertainingdirectors in the world," Guirgis said in a statement. "Romain Duris isextraordinary and has created one of the most unforgettable characters ofrecent years. We are so happy to collaborate with Audiard, his producer PascalCaucheteux and Celluloid Dreams again."
Celluloid Dreams' HegamehPanahi added that Wellspring was "the premiere purveyor of the best in Europeancinema to American audiences and they will do a wonderful job on this movie."