Variety reports that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Luc Besson's Angel-A, which the filmmaker wrote, directed and produced.

The movie is the first that Besson has directed since 1999's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.

Angel A -- which was shot in Paris last summer and bowed in France in December -- stars Jamel Debbouze as an incompetent schemer who owes a large amount of money to creditors all over Paris. His fate takes a new direction when he improbably meets the leggy Angela (Rie Rasmussen), who helps him tackle his problems. Gilbert Melki and Serge Riaboukine also star.