A flurry of Toronto deals emerged late on Wednesday (14) as UTA and Submarine sold Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister to IFC for North and Latin America, StudioCanal for the UK and Madman for Australia and New Zealand in a bundle of deals that amounted to approximately $1.5m.
Earlier in the day IFC confirmed it had acquired North America on Abel Ferrara’s 4:44 Last Day On Earth and Oscilloscope announced it had taken North American rights to Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights.
Meanwhile a number or titles were in play, with Lionsgate believed to be circling Friends With Kids and Adam Wingard’s Midnight Madness favourite You’re Next. IFC was also understood to be pursuing Trishna from frequent collaborator Michael Winterbottom, while other titles drawing attention included post-apocalyptic thriller The Day and high school story Ten Year.
A domestic sale on Hysteria appeared to be imminent after the film’s sales agent Cassian Elwes tweeted late on Tuesday that he expected to “wrap up” a sale ahead of the gala screening on Thursday night.
IFC plans a 2012 theatrical release for sibling drama Your Sister’s Sister, which stars Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass. Sundance Selects/IFC Films svp of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco brokered the deal with Submarine and UTA Independent Film Group.
Bocco concluded the 4:44 deal with Carole Baraton at Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers. The film premiered at Venice and will screen at the New York Film Festival. Willem Dafoe leads an ensemble cast in what IFC described as an “apocalyptic trance film.”
Oscilloscope’s David Fenkel of Oscilloscope brokered the Wuthering Heights deal with Thorsten Schumacher and Claire Taylor of HanWay. The film stars Kaya Scodelario and James Howson.
As previously reported, IFC also acquired North America on Alexandre Courtes’ horror film The Incident, which screened in Midnight Madness on Monday in Toronto and will go out through the IFC Midnight VoD channel. Paradigm’s Ben Weiss represented North American rights to The Incident, an SND production, and brokered the deal alongside SND M6 sales manager Charlotte Boucon with Jeff Deutchman for Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
Palisades Tartan has taken all US and UK rights to This Is Not A Film, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s clandestine film shot on an iPhone about detained Iranian director Jafar Panahi. Mirtahmasb himself was held at Tehran airport as he prepared to attend Toronto for the film’s Canadian premiere
MPI Media Group announced on Wednesday it had acquired all North American rights to Victoria Mahoney’s Yelling To The Sky. Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe star in the story of a New York girl fending for herself in a tough neighbourhood. MPI anticipates a spring 2012 theatrical release after evp Greg Newman negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine.