Apple Original Films has taken worldwide rights to CODA in a record Sundance acquisition understood to be in the region $25m that shatters last year’s previous mark of $22.5m paid by Hulu and Neon for Palm Springs.
Siân Heder’s follow-up to Sundance 2016 selection Tallullah premiered as a Day One selection on Thursday evening and sparked immediate interest from traditional buyers and streamers.
ICM Partners, CAA and Pathé represented the filmmakers in the deal, announced on Saturday (January 30). British actor Emilia Jones stars alongside Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, and Daniel Durant as the only hearing member of a deaf family in a struggling Massachusetts fishing community torn between acting as the family interpreter and pursuing her dream of becoming a singer.
Eugenio Derbez also stars in the US Dramatic Competition entry.
At time of writing Questlove’s Day One documentary Summer Of Soul was understood to be the focus of considerable buyer attention including streamers, and was expected to sell for a high number.
Saturday’s premieres include the big commercial target of the night – Sean Ellis’ werewolf horror Eight For Silver – as well as Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut and period drama Passing, Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.’s thriller Wild Indian, and Fran Kranz’s post-tragedy drama Mass.
Interest has also begun to coalesce around Pascual Sisto’s debut John And The Hole, which has drawn mixed reviews and is understood to be a longer process.
On Friday Neon announced it had acquired North American rights to Flee from 30West.