Oscar-hopeful 'Les Choristes' wins US distribution

25th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

LOS ANGELES, Jan 24 (AFP) - Two major Hollywood players have agreed to distribute "Les Choristes," France's entry for this year's Oscar for best foreign-language film, in the United States, Daily Variety reported Monday.

LOS ANGELES, Jan 24 (AFP) - Two major Hollywood players have agreed to distribute "Les Choristes," France's entry for this year's Oscar for best foreign-language film, in the United States, Daily Variety reported Monday.

Independent cinema powerhouse Miramax Films and IFC Films have signed on to co-distribute Christophe Barratier's movie, which France hopes will win one of five Oscar nominations when they are announced on Tuesday morning.

Under the deal, reached at the Sundance Film Festival, Miramax will oversee US theatrical distribution while IFC will handle North American television rights.

The film tells the story of a group of reform schoolboys having their lives in post-war France changed by a choir-master and was a major hit in France.

Miramax is still seen as a major force in discovering independent film jewels, despite doubts over the company's future direction.

Miramax founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein are in talks with parent company Walt Disney Corp. over their contracts amid strong indications they are about to leave the film label and found another studio.

Under the Weinstein's, Miramax has been responsible for discovering and launching major small-budget hits, including last year's explosive political documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which caused friction between Disney and Miramax.

Disney found the film, the most successful documentary in cinema history, too polemical to distribute, and the Weinsteins eventually founded a separate company which bought the rights to Michael Moore's picture.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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