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IFC Films Acquires Arnaud Desplechin's 'Jimmy P,' Starring Benicio Del Toro

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2013 at 2:50PM

IFC Films has taken US rights to Arnaud Desplechin's "Jimmy P," which premiered to very mixed reviews at Cannes in May. The film stars Benicio Del Toro as Jimmy Picard, a Blackfoot Indian overcome by psychological stress after fighting in World War II.
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Benecio del Toro, Mathieu Amalric in 'Jimmy P.'
Benecio del Toro, Mathieu Amalric in 'Jimmy P.'

IFC Films has taken US rights to Arnaud Desplechin's "Jimmy P," which premiered to very mixed reviews at Cannes in May. The film stars Benicio Del Toro as Jimmy Picard, a Blackfoot Indian overcome by psychological stress after fighting in World War II.

Mathieu Amalric co-stars as Georges Devereux, an anthropologist analyzing Jimmy's mental state and behavior. The film, co-penned by Desplechin and NYFF director of programming Kent Jones and Julie Peyr, is based on the real-life Devereux's book, "Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian."

This is French helmer Desplechin's first film since his brilliant 2008 family drama "A Christmas Tale," also starring Amalric, along with Catherine Deneuve and Emmanuelle Devos, among many others.  

IFC is eyeing an early 2014 release.

This article is related to: News, IFC Films, IFC, Benicio del Toro


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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.