London-based RenaissanceFilms is to handle international sales on We Don't Live Here Anymore, an intense drama currently shooting in Vancouverstarring Naomi Watts, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern and Peter Krause.
The film, formerly known as Anymore, is based on short stories by Andre Dubus, whoseshort story Killings was filmedas hit independent In The Bedroomin 2001. Larry Gross (Prozac Nation, Beautiful Country) adapted the Dubus stories for the screen and thedirector is Australia's John Curran who broke through internationallywith 1998 movie Praise.
We Don't Live HereAnymore is being produced for FrontStreet Pictures by Harvey Kahn and James Goodman and financed through FrontStreet Films, a private group of equity investors managed by Kahn.
The film will be presentedby at Cannes by Renaissance managing director Angus Finney who is now joinedfull-time by Claire Taylor, the former CiBy Sales and United Artists salesexecutive who has worked for the past two years as a consultant withRenaissance and is now named head of international sales.
Taylor, who sold Cannesfavourites including The Pianoand Secrets And Lies at CiBy,reports directly to Finney. Fiona Cheyne also joins Renaissance as sales andmarketing assistant.
"Claire is a verytalented film executive who has great experience at positioning and handlingdirector-driven films. We areextremely pleased to have her on board" said Finney.
We Don't Live HereAnymore is "about theextraordinary emotions that erupt in ordinary lives", and focuses on theimpact of adultery on two couples. "We are delighted to be working withtop level talent that John (Curran), Harvey (Kahn) and Jonas (Goodman) haveattracted to this extraordinary screenplay by Larry Gross," said Finney.
Renaissance, which has RogerMichell's The Motherstarring Anne Reid and Daniel Craig in Directors Fortnight this year, hasreinvented itself in the last three years as a sales, marketing and financingcompany. The company is backed by Hermes, a City Of London pension fundmanager, which in summer 2002 approved a strategy concentrating on world sales.
Other Renaissance projectsin development include Good Omenswritten by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; Joe Kanon's thriller LosAlamos and three remaining filmsfrom Michell and Kevin Loader's Free Range Films; The Mother was the first of a four-picture deal between the twocompanies.