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TIFF: US deals for 'The Journey', 'Heal The Living'

Two more Toronto deals emerged on Friday in a traditional late-festival acquisitions surge.

IFC Films took North American rights to Nick Hamm’s The Journey, which launched in Venice and received its North American premiere in Special Presentations in Toronto and screens again on Saturday.

Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Toby Stephens and Freddie Highmore star in the story about the growing friendship between former political enemies, loyalist firebrand Ian Paisley and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness, over the course of the Irish peace process.

Colin Bateman wrote the screenplay. Piers Tempest, Mark Huffam, Matt Jackson, IM Global CEO Stuart Ford and Hamm produced, while the executive producers are Jo Bamford, Norman Merry, Janine Modder, and Miguel Palos Jr.  

IM Global financed the film with support from North Ireland Screen and Lipsynch Post and handled international sales. IFC Films brokered the deal with CAA and IM Global and plans a mid-2017 theatrical release.

Meanwhile, Cohen Media Group has snapped up US rights to Heal The Living (Réparer Les Vivants).

Katell Quillévéré’s feature premiered in Venice and received its The North American premiere in Platform. It screens again on Saturday.

Emmanuelle Seigner, Tahar Rahim and Anne Dorval star in the drama about families brought together by shocking news.

Cohen Media Group plans a spring release and negotiated the US deal with Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, partner at Paris-based international sales company Films Distribution.


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