In its second acquisition of the Toronto International Film Festival, Miramax Films has clinched domestic rights to Venice Golden Lion winner The Magdalene Sisters directed by Peter Mullan. Miramax beat out other buyers including Fine Line Features and Sony Pictures Classics.
Over the weekend, Miramax also bought rights in the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to Daniele Thompson's Jet Lag starring Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno.
The Magdalene Sisters, which was sold by Paris-based Wild Bunch, is Mullan's second film after Orphans. It follows the experiences of a group of young women forcibly remanded to live inside a Catholic convent in 1964.
Produced by Frances Higson, and executive produced by Ed Guiney and Paul Trijbits, the film stars Geraldine McEwan, Anne-Marie Duff and Nora-Jane Noone.
Mullan is best known as a distinguished actor who has played the lead roles in Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe, Mike Figgis' Miss Julie, Brad Anderson's Session 9 and Michael Winterbottom's The Claim, among other films.