Cannes Deal Central: Official Film Festival Selections

A continually updated list of deals involving the films screening in the Cannes official selection lineup

Here are the deals that have been made for films included in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival official selection lineup:

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"Poliss" — Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to the drama about Paris officers investigating crimes against children. The film was written and directed by Maiwenn, and screened in the main competition at Cannes.

"Snowtown" — IFC Midnight has bought the North American rights to Australian director Justin Kurzel's psychological drama based on the story of serial killer John Bunting.The film received a special citation from the jury in the Critics Week section of Cannes.

"The Kid With a Bike" –Sundance Selects has bought all U.S. rights to the Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes' low-key drama about a pre-teen boy placed in a foster home. This is the third film screening in competition to be acquired by Sundance Selects, which also picked up "Sleeping Beauty" and "House of Tolerance."

"House of Tolerance"– Sundance Selects has purchased all North American rights to Bertrand Bonello's drama about the lives of sex workers in a Paris brothel at the beginning of the 20th Century. The film is Sundance Selects' second acquisition from the Cannes main competition, following "Sleeping Beauty."

"Footnote" — Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Israeli director Joseph Cedar's drama about a father-son rivalry, which is screening in the official competition at Cannes. SPC made the deal with WestEnd Films, the British company from which it also bought the 2010 films "Tamara Drewe" and "Mother and Child."

"Dragon" ("Wu Xia") – The Weinstein Company has acquired most worldwide rights to the martial arts epic from director Peter Ho-Sun Chan. Announced as part of the festival's Midnight Selection under the title "Swordsmen," it is described in the TWC press release as "an action-packed tale of crime, family and redemption." More details.

"The Artist" – The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to director Michel Hazanavicius' silent, black-and-white comedy set in Hollywood in 1927. Stars include John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller.

"Sleeping Beauty" — Sundance Selects has purchased the U.S. rights to Julia Leigh's erotic drama about a young woman drawn into an underworld of desire and sex-for-sale. The film, which stars Emily Browning, drew mixed reviews as the first competitive film to screen at Cannes.