ManhattanPictures International has acquired all North American rights to CampbellScott's drama Off The Map, which received its world premiere at Sundance and only days agowon the top prize at Taos Talking Picture Film Festival. A theatrical releaseis planned later this year.
Negotiations between Manhattan's Paul Cohen and George VanBuskirk, president of production company and sales agent Holedigger Films,which Van Buskirk co-founded in 2000, began at Sundance and were sealed at Taoslast weekend.
This is thesecond pact between the companies, following an earlier distribution deal for TheSecret Lives Of Dentists,Alan Rudolph's drama that stars Scott and is due to be released in the USin August.
"Ourcompanies are like family now," Van Buskirk said in a statement. "Iwanted to close my deal with Paul and have it be a celebration at Taos wherethe film was shot."
"This filmis so visually and emotionally rich that we believe it will continue to beapplauded by audiences worldwide," Cohen added.
Off The Map stars newcomer Valentina de Angelis as a precocious11-year-old whose father falls into a depression one summer. Joan Allen, SamElliott and Amy Brenneman also star; the film is Scott's second solodirectorial effort after 2001's Final.