Bankside Films has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) for North American rights to Matthew Parkhill’s The Caller.

Bankside has also sold the film to Australia/New Zealand (Village Roadshow), Greece & Cyprus (Filmopolis), Latin America (Quality Films), Poland (Vision Film), Israel (Orlando), Middle East (Shooting Stars), Scandinavia (Scanbox), and Turkey (D Productions).

The supernatural ghost story was backed by Puerto Rico’s Pimienta Film Company and the Puerto Rico Film Commission, London’s The Salt Company and Alcove Entertainment together with Bankside Films.

The North American deal was negotiated by Stephen Kelliher, Head of Sales & Marketing at Bankside Films, and Lia Buman, Vice President of Acquisitions at SPWA.

The film stars Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Lorna Raver and Luis Guzman.

Sergio Casci wrote the screenplay, about a divorcee who receives mysterious phone calls and feels haunted in her own house, then discovers that the person calling is from the past.

“We are delighted to have concluded the North American deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. They have always felt like a natural fit for a high-concept genre film such as The Caller. We are thrilled that they responded so strongly when the film screened in Berlin and we are certain that their expertise in distributing films of this genre will bring success to all concerned,” said Kelliher.

Piers Tempest of The Salt Company, on behalf of the producers, said: “We are extremely pleased to be in business with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions on The Caller. We can think of no better partner for the film in North America.”

The film had its premiere market screening at the recent EFM.