EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has acquired US sales rights, The Little Film Company international sales and A71 Canadian distribution rights to Scythia Films and Phenomenal Films’ recent Toronto world premiere The Husband.

Bruce McDonald directed The Husband from Maxwell McCabe-Lokos and Kelly Harms’ screenplay about a man left to care for his infant son after his wife is imprisoned for sleeping with a minor.

McCabe-Lokos stars alongside Sarah Allen, August Diehl and Stephen McHattie. Daniel Bekerman and Cher Hawrysh produced. The film premiered on September 9.

“We are thrilled at the enthusiasm for the film we’ve had in Toronto and that XYZ, The Little Film Company and A71 have jumped on board and demonstrated such faith in the movie,” said Scythia Films producer Bekerman.

“It has been an incredible journey to bring this film to TIFF 25 years since Bruce started making his first feature, and to have TIFF, the industry, and the media embrace the film so whole-heartedly,” added Phenomenal Film’s Hawrysh. “The team at TIFF were so enthusiastic from the get-go and having Cameron Bailey include it on his Mission List this year was a huge honour for us.”