IFC already has North American rights.
Fortissimo Films has acquired international rights to Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer, which played in competition at Sundance.
IFC Films has already taken North American rights and plans a domestic theatrical launch this autumn.
Campos’ follow-up to his acclaimed debut Afterschool, Simon Killer is produced by Josh Mond and Sean Durkin of Borderline Films, and Matt Palmieri, who also financed the film through his FilmHaven Entertainment banner. Those companies previously collaborated on Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Solo, Michael Abiteboul, Constance Rousseau and Lila Salet star.
The story follows a young man who goes to Paris after a bad breakup with his girlfriend; he falls in love with a mysterious prostitute.
Michael J. Werner, Chairman of Fortissimo said: “Antonio Campos is an extremely talented and exciting young director whom we have wanted to work with since his first film. In Simon Killer, he has captured the mood and psyche of what it means to be a young person living abroad and feeling like it’s all there for the taking. With its strong performances and great energy, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this amazing film with Antonio and his producing partners Josh Mond, Sean Durkin, and Matt Palmieri, to bring Simon Killer to audiences all around the globe.”
Campos said: “I’m very excited that Simon Killer is going to be handled by Fortissimo. We have been discussing opportunities to work together for a long time and their passion and enthusiasm for the film and their belief in my work is very gratifying. We are very happy that Simon has found the right home.”
The deal was negotiated between Werner for Fortissimo Films and Palmieri, CAA, and UTA on behalf of FilmHaven and Borderline.
Fortissimo will have the film on its Cannes market slate.