Senator Distribution has picked up North American rights from Endeavor and CAA to Shana Feste's feature directorial debut The Greatest starring breakout British actress Carey Mulligan.

The picture premiered at Sundance and stars Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon as parents whose grief over the accidental death of their son is made easier to bear by the arrival of their son's pregnant girlfriend.

Senator Distribution's chairman Marco Weber and president Mark Urman pursued the project at Sundance and despite a protracted process that sparked offers from other buyers they were determined to secure the picture. Senator COO Andrew Matthews negotiated the deal with Endeavor Independent's Graham Taylor and CAA jointly representing the film-makers.

Kimmel International handles foreign rights and reported strong sales at EFM in February on the back of the Sundance world premiere. Rights have gone to SND in France, Dea Planeta in Spain and Gussi in Mexico, among others.

'From the moment we saw The Greatest at Sundance our team pursued it aggressively and we are thrilled the film-makers have entrusted us with the project,' Weber said.

'Irish Dreamtime is thrilled that Senator Distribution has taken a vested interest in this film,' said Brosnan, whose Irish Dreamtime partner Beau St Clair produced The Greatest with Lynette Howell. 'Mark and Marco have worn their hearts on their sleeves and demonstrated real creative understanding of the movie.'

Barbarian Film Group financed the picture.