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Cannes: Sundance Selects Picks Up Mathieu Amalric's Un Certain Regard Entry 'The Blue Room'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 16, 2014 at 3:56PM

Sundance Selects has made its first buy at the Cannes Film Festival, acquiring North American rights to director Mathieu Amalric's Un Certain Regard entry "The Blue Room."
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The Blue Room

Sundance Selects has made its first buy at the Cannes Film Festival, acquiring North American rights to director Mathieu Amalric's Un Certain Regard entry "The Blue Room."

Based on Belgian author Georges Simenon's 1964 mystery novel of the same name, this neo-noir follows a man (Amalric) and a woman (Stephanie Cleau) as they meet for trysts in a hotel. But this seemingly innocent relationship soon unravels into a police investigation where Amalric's character is accused of a crime he can't identify.

The film was adapted by Stephanie Cleau and Amalric. While he is perhaps best known as an actor in films including "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Cosmopolis" and Roman Polanski's upcoming two-hander "Venus in Fur," this is Amalric's 15th directorial effort. 

Screen International calls the film "a clipped, fragmented piece of cinematic modernism, shuffling its time frames in a staccato narrative that makes for a tense, involving experience from start to finish." No word on a release date for "The Blue Room" yet.

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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.