26 May 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Winning one of Cannes’ significant bidding wars, Bac Films and Distrib Films have co-acquired French distribution rights to Scandinavian helmer Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure,” a festival hit that won Un Certain Regard’s Jury prize. 

Sold by Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office, “Force Majeure” (“Turist”) is a tragicomic tale of a Swedish family weathering a crisis while on vacation at a ski resort. A sharp character study, “Force Majeure” starts out with a spectacular avalanche scene which reveals the family man’s cowardice (or self-preservation instincts) as he flees the scene, leaving his wife and children behind. 

A buzzed-about and provocative Swedish helmer, Ostlund’ previously directed  “Involuntary,” which premiered in Un Certain Regard in 2008, and was back in Cannes in 2011 with the controversial drama “Play” that screened at Directors Fortnight. 

Coproduction Office fielded multiple offers from a wide range of French distributors. Bac Films and Distrib Films eventually snatched up the critically-aclaimed pic, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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