EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires UK/Ireland and Canadian rights to Michal Winterbottom’s Toronto premiere.

Soda Pictures, newly backed by Thunderbird to expand into Canadian distribution, has acquired UK/Ireland and Canadian rights to Michael Winterbottom’s TIFF world premiere The Face of an Angel.

The deal was negotiated by Eve Gabereau of Soda Pictures and Eve Schoukroun and Fabien Westerhoff of WestEnd Films.

Gabereau said: “The Face of an Angel is such a great film with poignancy in its treatment of the search for truth within the notorious Amanda Knox case. It is a perfect one for our new venture in that we were able to pick it up at its world premiere and across territories. Also, to be working with Michael Winterbottom and Melissa Parmenter again is fantastic.”

Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne star in the film, which premiered here last night.

Soda also has UK distribution for three other films in the festival: Jauja, National Gallery and Still The Water.

The company kicked off the Thunderbird deal with a Canadian acquisition of Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club.