International Film Trust (IFT) has boarded sales rights to Sundance selection To The Stars and will kick off talks with buyers in Cannes.
CAA represents US rights and a US deal is expected soon. IFT head of international Todd Olsson will present colour and black-and-white versions of the film to international buyers on the Croisette.
Martha Stephens (Land Ho!) directed the coming-of-age story about a shy farmer’s daughter in 1960s Oklahoma who strikes up a friendship with a lively city transplant that will change their lives forever.
Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom) and (Liana Liberato (To The Bone) star, and Malin Akerman, Tony Hale, Shea Whigham, Jordana Spiro, Adelaide Clemens, and Lucas Jade Zumann round out the cast.
Northern Lights Films, Foton Pictures and Rockhill Studios financed To The Stars, and Kristin Mann and Laura D. Smith produced alongside Erik Rommesmo (It Follows) for Northern Lights Films, Gavin Dorman and Stacy Jorgensen.
Carlos Cuscó, Emerson Machtus and Natalia Busquets served as executive producers on behalf of Foton Pictures, alongside Kerri Elder and Blake Elder for Rockhill Studios.
“Martha and Shannon have created a subtle but powerfully felt film. The global audience will respond because To The Stars is filmmaking at its finest,” said Olsson.
“We strive to make stories that connect universally to all audiences. Martha’s unique vision elevated Shannon’s intimate tale achieving exactly that. We’re honoured by the recognition To The Stars received this past Sundance and are confident in having partnered with IFT and it’s amazing team to take this truly special story to the world.” Said Cuscó.
IFT’s Cannes slate includes Paula van der Oest’s mystery-thriller The Bay Of Silence starring Claes Bang, Olga Kurylenko, and Brian Cox; dramedy Entanglement with Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, and Diana Bang; family rom-com, I Hate Kids starring Tom Everett Scott and Tituss Burgess; Mark Polish thriller Headlock starring Andy Garcia; and coming-of-age story And Then I Go starring Arman Darbo, Sawyer Barth, Justin Long, Melanie Lynskey, and Tony Hale.