The Thorn in the Heart – Michel Gondry’s new documentary has been picked up by the Beastie Boys’ Oscilloscope Laboratories
Posted by LiveFor on May 28, 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.”