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Sundance Selects Takes Cannes Critics' Week Opener, The "Live Affirming" Declaration of War

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 25, 2011 at 7:24AM

Declarations of War (La guerre est déclarée), which opened Cannes Critics' Week, has gone to Sundance Selects for U.S. distribution. Valérie Donzelli wrote, directed and stars in the film alongside Jérémie Elkaïm (who also co-wrote). Based on their own true love story, the movie follows Romeo and Juliette, a couple battling against their child's illness.
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Declarations of War (La guerre est déclarée), which opened Cannes Critics' Week, has gone to Sundance Selects for U.S. distribution. Valérie Donzelli wrote, directed and stars in the film alongside Jérémie Elkaïm (who also co-wrote). Based on their own true love story, the movie follows Romeo and Juliette, a couple battling against their child's illness.

Sundance Selects has now acquired five films out of the Cannes selection, including Maiwenn's jury-prize winning policier Poliss, Julia Leigh's provocative Sleeping Beauty, the Dardenne brothers' Grand Prix-sharing The Kid with a Bike and Bertrand Bonello's competition entry House of Tolerance; IFC Midnight picked up Aussie serial killer thriller Snowtown.

The trailer is below:

The film "won us over with their completely heartfelt, life affirming film that announces them as major new talents," says Sundance Selects president Jonathan Sehring. "We are confident that this is a film that will inspire ardent love once we begin to screen it for American audiences."

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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.