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?
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."]