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Sundance Selects Picks Up Claire Denis' NYFF Selection 'Bastards'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 22, 2013 at 3:32PM

Sundance Selects/IFC Films is acquiring US rights to Claire Denis’ 'Bastards,' which debuted at Cannes in Un Certain Regard and will play the Toronto and New York film festivals.
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Claire Denis, director of 'Bastards'
Claire Denis, director of 'Bastards'

Sundance Selects/IFC Films is acquiring US rights to Claire Denis’ 'Bastards,' which debuted at Cannes in Un Certain Regard and will play the Toronto and New York film festivals.

Written by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau, the film stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni and Michel Subor, and was produced by Alcatraz Films and Wild Bunch. Sundance Selects is planning an October 25th release. 

Here's the synopsis:

BASTARDS follows Marco Silvestri, a captain on a container-ship who is called urgently back to Paris by his desperate sister Sandra. Sandra’s husband has committed suicide, the family business has gone under, her daughter has gone adrift - and she holds powerful businessman Edouard Laporte responsible. Determined to exact a terrible revenge for the violence done to his family, Marco moves into the building where Laporte’s mistress Raphaelle lives; but he can’t avoid Sandra’s secret manipulations… or the fact that he is falling in love with Raphaelle.

This article is related to: Claire Denis, Claire Denis, Chiara Mastroianni, Michel Subor


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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.