Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights from Worldview Entertainment to Guillaume Canet's English-language "Blood Ties," which world premiered out of competition at Cannes on Monday.
Lionsgate's sister company Roadside Attractions will release Stateside.
Wild Bunch handles international sales for "Blood Ties."
Figure for the U.S deal has not been revealed. Per one source, however, it is "much more than $1 million." A press note Wednesday claimed that the sale was the biggest to date on any movie world premiering this week at Cannes.
Pic, penned by Canet and James Gray, is about two brothers, one a cop, the other an ex-con, in '70s New York. It stars Clive Owen and Billy Crudup, and co-stars Marion Cotillard, Domenick Lombardozzi and Mila Kunis.
It marks a growing trend in trans-Atlantic collaborations on the first English-language features from directors who have run up a distinguished track-record in own-language films, and seek access to the cast talent and creative liberties that can come on English-language movies, while still retaining final cut.
Canet's French-language thriller "Tell No One" grossed $6.2 million in the U.S. "Little White Lies" grossed $44.5 million in France.
Financing and markets in much of Europe are hardening for foreign-language movies.
"Blood Ties" is one of three Worldview movies that world premiere this year in Cannes' Official Selection, all sold internationally by Wild Bunch. They also include James Gray's awaited period drama "The Immigrant," starring Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, and Arnaud Desplechin's drama "Jimmy P.," toplining Benicio Del Toro.
The "Blood Ties" deal was negotiated on behalf of Lionsgate by Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions, with Eda Kowan, senior VP, acquisitions, and Wendy Jaffe, exec VP of business and legal affairs.
Specializing in independent films, and part-bought by Lionsgate in 2007, Roadside's recent pickups include J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost," with Robert Redford, and Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell."
"Blood Ties" is produced by Alain Attal and Hugo Selignac at Les Productions du Tresor, Canet, Woodrow and John Lesher of Le Grisbi Prods.