Poison Friends: Emmanuel Bourdieu’s Winner of Cannes Fest Critics Week

Strand Releasing has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Emmanuel Bourdieu’s Poison Friends (“Les Amities Malefiques”), which plays at the upcoming New York Film Fest.

Bourdieu’s second film follows a circle of college intellectuals who are duped by a seductive and charming pathological liar.

In May, Poison Friends won the Critics Week grand prize at the Festival de Cannes.

Bourdieu, son of the acclaimed sociologist and philosopher Pierre Bourdieu, previously wrote for helmer Arnaud Desplechin, co-writing the screenplays for “Esther Kahn” and “My Sex Life or How I Got Into an Argument.”

Bourdieu made his directorial debut with “Vert Paradis.”

Les Films du Losange’s Daniela Elstner and Strand’s Jon Gerrans negotiated the deal. Strand struck the deal with Les Films du Losange.

One of the major players in foreign-langauge distribution, Strand is currently in release with Gallic Francois Ozon’s “Time to Leave” and German Fatih Akin’s “Crossing the Bridge.”