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IFC Films Pre-Buys a l’Aventure at the Cannes Film Festival

A New Film by Jean-Claude Brisseau

Cannes, France – May 18, 2008 – IFC Films announced today that they have pre-bought the U.S. Rights to à l'Aventure, the forthcoming film from French provocateur Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret Things, The Exterminating Angels). The film, which will debut during this Fall's festival season, was written by Brisseau and produced by Frédéric Niedermayer.

"We're thrilled to be working with Jean-Claude again, as we had such great success with his last film The Exterminating Angels," said Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment. "A fearless director in his exploration of female sexuality, à l'Aventure looks to repeat that success and be one of his most exciting and entertaining films yet. We're looking forward bringing this to American audiences."

Jonathan Sehring negotiated the deal for IFC Films with Francois Yon and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert of Films Distribution.

In à l'Aventure, Sandrine (Carole Brana) is sexually unsatisfied by her boyfriend. Through Greg (Arnaud Binard), a young psychologist, she will meet Sophie (Lise Bellynck) who intrigues Sandrine with accounts of her sexual experimentation. Perplexed, Sandrine will follow her onto the dangerous paths of hypnosis, where she will witness orgasmic ecstasy.

Making films since the seventies, Jean-Claude Brisseau was first recognized by American audiences following the release of his controversial Secret Things and a career retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2004. His other films include Sound and the Fury, White Wedding and The Black Angel. In 2006, IFC Films acquired Brisseau's The Exterminating Angels at the Cannes International Film Festival where it screened in the Director's Fortnight.

IFC has been a major presence at the Cannes Film Festival in recent years. The company has acquired back-to-back Palme d'Or winners, including Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days and Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley. IFC also acquired 10 films at last year's festival including Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, which won the Prize of the 60th Anniversary, California Dreamin', which won the Un Certain Regard top prize, as well as the upcoming Catherine Breillat's The Last Mistress. The company also released the three-time award-winner Me and You and Everyone We Know and the prize-winner Nobody Knows in recent years.

About IFC Entertainment
A multi-platform leader in the independent film industry, IFC Entertainment operates a group of companies devoted to bringing the best of specialty films to the largest possible audience. IFC Entertainment consists of IFC Films, IFC Productions and the IFC Center. IFC Films is a leading distribution company for independent film. IFC Entertainment's day and date film distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters through IFC Films and simultaneously on cable's On Demand platform and PPV through IFC In Theaters, reaching 50 million homes. IFC Productions is a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects. IFC Center is a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema with luxurious seating and HD digital and 35mm projection that shows art-house films in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village. IFC Entertainment's companies are subsidiaries of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.

Recent and upcoming IFC Films releases include: 2007 Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days , which also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film; Gus Van Sant's critically-acclaimed and award-winning Paranoid Park ; Hou Hsiao Hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon starring Juliette Binoche; and Tom Kalin's Savage Grace starring Julianne Moore. Other acclaimed films include John Dahl's You Kill Me, Susanne Bier's Academy Award-nominated After the Wedding and Ken Loach's 2006 Palme d'Or winner, The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, LIFESKOOL, SPORTSKOOL, and VOOM HD Networks. Through its IFC Entertainment division, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a theatrical feature film distribution company; IFC in Theaters, a day and date theatrical feature film/VOD initiative; the IFC Center in New York City; IFC Productions, a feature film production company; and IFC Entertainment, which owns and operates a film library. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales division, and Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company.

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