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Cannes Deal Update: Music Box Acquires Sarkozy Drama The Conquest

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 1, 2011 at 11:24AM

Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to Xavier Durringer's political drama The Conquest, about the ambitious political rise of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Based on documents and first person interviews, The Conquest reveals Sarkozy's personal drive, backstage manipulations and emotional conflicts with rivals and family. In winning the highest political office, what did Sarkozy lose?
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Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to Xavier Durringer's political drama The Conquest, about the ambitious political rise of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Based on documents and first person interviews, The Conquest reveals Sarkozy's personal drive, backstage manipulations and emotional conflicts with rivals and family. In winning the highest political office, what did Sarkozy lose?

Music Box plans an aggressive U.S. theatrical release in advance of the American presidential primary season.

Music Box partners Edward Arentz and William Schopf closed the deal with Cecile Gagnet and Yohann Comte of sales company Gaumont. “THE CONQUEST will give US audiences a front row seat to France’s most popular political reality show," said Arentz. "And, more soberingly, it offers an appropriately cynical view of the international governing class and their behind-the-scenes Machiavellian chess games.”

The film was produced by Mandarin Films in association with Canal+. Music Box has previously worked with Mandarin on The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius' OSS 117 films, starring 2011 Palme d'Or-winner Jean Dujardin, and Francois' Ozon's 70s comedy Potiche, starring Catherine Deneuve, in theaters now.

[AP Photo: Actor Denis Podalydes during Cannes photo call for "The Conquest."]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.