Elle Driver takes international rights to The September Issue.

Paris-based Elle Driver has taken all international rights from CAA to R J Cutler’s documentary The September Issue, which offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes as Vogue editor and fashionworld icon Anna Wintour prepares the magazine’s influential autumn edition. The film plays in the US Documentary Competition and received its world premiere on Friday [January 16] as the SaltLakeCityGala.

It was reported here yesterday that Wild Bunch had closed the deal on the film, but the parties involved have since made it clear that Elle Driver will handle sales.

Meanwhile Cinemavault has acquired international rights to Derick Martini’s 1970s Long Island ensemble drama and Spectrum entry Lymelife following its world premiere at Toronto last autumn in a seven-figure deal that includes Canada, where the film will open this spring day-and-date with the US release through Screen Media.

As the first weekend approached there was early buzz on Lynn Shelton’s US Dramatic Competition entry Humpday, which is being sold by Submarine and charts the exploits of old college friends who contemplate sex with each other on camera in order to enter an amateur porn contest.

Early word was also positive on Emily Abt’s US Dramatic Competition drama Toe To Toe, about the friendship between two high school girls from vastly different backgrounds in a multi-racial Washington DC school. WMI holds worldwide rights.

Meanwhile Adam Elliot’s festival opener Mary And Max represented globally by Icon drew wide acclaim although distributors privately questioned the film’s commercial viability. Heading into the weekend anticipation surrounded Friday night’s screening of Antoine Fuqua’s crime drama Brooklyn’s Finest starring Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle. WMI and CAA are co-selling North American rights and Nu Image holds international.

Weekend highlights are expected to include David Mackenzie’s Spread starring Ashton Kutcher as a male gigolo, The Greatest and An Education both starring hot young British actress Carey Mulligan, Arlen Faber in which Jeff Daniels plays a legendary spiritual author, Big Fan directed by The Wrestler screenwriter Robert Siegel, documentaries The Carter and The Cove, and the comedy I Love You Phillip Morris starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as gay lovers.