Jean Dujardin Comedy ‘Deerskin’ Acquired by Greenwich Entertainment

Film directed by Quentin Dupieux premiered at Cannes and plays at TIFF

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired the domestic distribution rights to “Deerskin,” a comedy starring Jean Dujardin from director Quentin Dupieux, the company announced Thursday.

“Deerskin” first played at the Director’s Fortnight section in Cannes earlier this year, and it’s making its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next week. It will also have a U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest later this month, and Greenwich plans a theatrical release for the film beginning in 2020.

“Deerskin” stars Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haenel (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) and is the latest film from the director of “Rubber,” Quentin Dupieux. The movie follows Georges (Dujardin) as his life is transformed in unexpected ways after he obtains a 100% deerskin jacket along with a video camera. Georges teaches himself filmmaking and collaborates with a trusting bartender, Denise (Haenel), who aspires to be a filmmaker herself, on a movie that will document his surprising new goal in life.

“Dupieux delivers on the promise of his earlier films with a sustained burst of comic absurdity built around a colossal mid-life crisis with a star in Dujardin who has lost none of his comedic timing. We’re excited to share this mini-masterpiece with discerning U.S. audiences,” Greenwich’s Ed Arentz said in a statement.

“We have been fans of Greenwich for while and thrilled to work with a smart and sophisticated distributor that fits perfectly with ‘Deerskin,” Dimitri Stephanides of WTFilms said in a statement.

Greenwich’s Arentz negotiated the deal with CAA Media Finance and WTFilms representing the filmmakers.

Deadline first reported news of the acquisition.