Thorn in the Heat: Michel Gondry’s Family Documentary

May 26, 2009 — Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American  distribution rights to Michel Gondry’s documentary, THE THORN IN THE HEART  (L’Epine dans le Coeur), a personal look at the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son,  Jean-Yves.  THE THORN IN THE HEART had its world premiere screening in the official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.  Oscilloscope  will open the film in theaters, with a DVD and digital release to follow.

Michel examines Suzette’s years as a school teacher and her life in rural France.  During the course of filming the documentary, Michel unearths new family stories and uses his  camera to explore them in a subtle and sensitive way.  The film was produced and financed by Partizan Films.

Michel: “So I called up my best  friend Etienne and told him, ‘
Guess who’s distributing my documentary about my aunt?’ and he said, ‘who?’ and I said, ‘MCA from Beastie Boys’ and Etienne said, ‘The Beastie Boy bought your Aunt’s documentary?! Get the f*** out of  here!’ and I said, ‘Yeah!!!'”

Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope  Laboratories said, “Michel is
one of the most innovative and creative people in the world.  So it’s  great to see him making a sincere doc on a subject that is so close to his heart. (no pun intended).”

The deal was negotiated by CAA on behalf of Gondry and  Partizan, and David Fenkel for Oscilloscope.