HOLY MOTORS, the latest film fantasmagoria from French director Leos Carax, was probably one of the strangest and most divisive films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A true love-it-or-hate-it art film, the wildly experimental film drew scattered boos but also wild enthusiasm when it screened midway through the festival. The chronicle of a man who spends a day riding around town in a limousine, seemingly changing identities as he goes, was considered a longshot for a festival award, but its uniqueness and fierce artistic vision did not sway any jury members who did not give it any nods. The film’s eclectic cast includes Michel Piccoli, Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue, with a star turn by its enigmatic lead Denis Levant.
However, American audiences will have a chance this year to make their own judgments. The Indomina Group has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film. “Leos Carax is a masterful filmmaker,” said Indomina Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann in a release announcing the acquisition. “His unique, singular vision is something that cannot be overlooked in today’s marketplace. The film really stays with you after you’ve left the cinema – a testament to not only a brilliant story but amazing direction and performances.” Indomina was launched in 2008 and is based in Los Angeles and in the Dominican Republic. It is involved in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television, music and interactive games, and relies heavily on a transmedia approach.