Also yesterday IFC Films took US rights from Paris-based sales agency Elle Driver to Tommy Wirkola's Nazi zombie horror film Dead Snow.
Interest continued to swirl around I Love You Phillip Morris, The Cove, World's Greatest Dad, Spread, Amreeka and Push as anticipation mounted ahead of tonight's (January 20) world premiere of the satirical comedy Manure by indie darlings Mark and Michael Polish.
Buyers began circling An Education immediately after its world premiere on January 18 in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. British teenager Carey Mulligan, arguably the breakout actor of the festival who also stars in The Greatest, plays a brilliant young girl destined for Oxford University who is seduced by the wordly charms of an exciting older man. SPC paid a reported $3m for the film.
Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay and the cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina and Emma Thompson. Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey produced and Wendy Japhet served as executive producer.
The Park City At Midnight entry Dead Snow received its world premiere on January 18 and follows eight medical students on a ski-ing holiday who stumble upon a battalion of undead German soldiers that terrorised the area during the second world war.
Vegard Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner and Jenny Skavlan are among the ensemble.
IFC Films' Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Adeline Fontan Tessaur and Eva Diederix at Elle Driver.
Meanwhile Elle Driver also sold the film to Splendid in Germany and Benelux, E1 in the UK and Seville in Canada.
'We are very excited to be working with IFC Films and the other distributors on the release of this highly entertaining genre bending film,' said Adeline Fontan Tessaur and Eva Diederix of Elle Driver in a statement. 'We can't wait for audiences around the world to have the opportunity to see it and share in the fun!'
Lionsgate bought rights in North America and UK on The Winning Season, which is produced by Plum Pictures and stars Sam Rockwell as a reluctant school basketball coach. James Strouse (Grace Is Gone) directed.
The deal was negotiated by Eda Kowan, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and co-productions, for Lionsgate alongside Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions. and Wendy Jaffe, executive vice president business & legal affairs, acquisitions and co-productions; and by Cinetic Media, on behalf of the filmmakers. ContentFilm is handling international sales.