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.