IFC, an American distributor of independent films, announced on its blog that it has acquired the American distribution rights for the Canadian film Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats), the second film from award-winning director Xavier Dolan.
First of all, IFC acquired the distribution rights thanks to its representatives that were at the Cannes International Film Festival. In fact, Les amours imaginaires is in competition in the category Un certain regard.
The film tells the story of Francis (Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri) who are good friends. One night, they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a young man from the country who has just settled in Montreal. From encounter to encounter, from moment to moment, troubled by innumerable signs — some real, some imagined — Francis and Marie fall deeper and deeper into a fantastical obsession with him. Soon, Francis and Marie find themselves on the precipice of a love duel that threatens the friendship they once thought indestructible.
Finally, IFC will release Les amours imaginaires on its via its IFC in Theaters platform. This means that the film can be seen on-demand at home in the USA the same day it hit theatres.
PS: It appears that IFC has a love relation with Canadian cinema. In fact, the distribution company has the U.S. rights for films such as Pontypool, Les sept jours du talion, My Winnipeg, Cairo Time, L'âge des ténèbres, Ce qu'il faut pour vivre, One Week and Mothers and Daughters just to name a few.