Beastie Boy Picks Up Gondry's Aunt

With rights to doc Thorn In The Heart

No, the weird and wonderful Michel Gondry hasn't sold his aunty on the black market for cash to make papier mache models: he has just found a distributor for his new documentary in the shape of the Beastie Boys' film brand Oscilloscope Laboratories, headed up by band member Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA).

The rapper - part of the trio known for their shouty anthems, hip-hop clothes and faces like sensible accountants - acquired the Cannes selected film L'Epine dans le Coeur or The Thorn In The Heart, which follows the relationship between matriarch Suzette and her son Jean-Yves with a personal snapshot of life in rural France as a member of the Gondry clan.

Gondry was especially excited about the prospect of the Beastie involvement, saying:"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!!!'”

Oscilloscope will take the no doubt natty look at family into American cinemas and on to a DVD release. Other Oscilloscope releases include last year's Wendy and Lucy starring Michelle Williams.