With two major $7m deals in the can and interest in Fading Gigolo, Horns and All Is By My Side, the Toronto momentum showed no sign of letting up heading into a busy Sunday night.
Buyers continued to circle John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo and a number of decision makers made their way to Sunday afternoon’s P+I screening. ICM Partners represents US rights.
Meanwhile, Alex Aja’s Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe remained in the mix and a strong critical response to John Ridley’s Jimi Hendrix film All Is By My Side starring Andre Benjamin was expected to generate heat.
Sunday night’s heavy hitters included world premieres for Denis Villeneuve’s second film in selection, the Jake Gyllenhaal starrer Enemy handled in the US by WME Global.
CAA’s roster included Ti West’s Vanguard entry The Sacrament, which UTA co-represents, alongside Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. The latter screened for press and industry on Friday.
Paradigm handles Intrepid Pictures’ Midnight Madness entry Oculus from director Mike Flanagan, while many were curious to see All The Wrong Reasons, one of the late Cory Monteith’s last roles. Myriad Pictures and Preferred Content represent US rights.
UTA handles US rights to Night Moves, Kelly Reichardt’s eco-terror drama that received its North American premiere and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning.
Among the world premieres for significant titles already with US distribution in place were Rush and Philomena as well as documentaries The Armstrong Lie and The Known Unknown.
Early on Sunday morning, The Weinstein Company stumped up $7m and a $20m P&A commitment for US rights to John Carney’s Can A Song Save Your Life? with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.