As buyers remained cautious in the early stages of Toronto, excitement was mounting ahead of Saturday’s  world premiere of Bunraku in Midnight Madness as well as a host of other screenings.
CAA is representing for North America and IM Global is handling overseas sales on Guy Moshe’s action fantasy starring Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson. The film is expected to be one of the picks of Saturday’s schedule, along with Goldcrest’s drama The First Grader by Justin Chadwick.
Meanshile Music Box acquired US rights to Francois Ozon’s comedy Potiche starring Catherine Deneuve in Venice. At least two offers have come in for James Gunn’s superhero comedy Super starring Rainn Wilson. UTA and WME are jointly representing North American rights and Hanway is selling internationally. A deal is expected imminently. Interest has also coalesced around Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies and The Way.
Other picks for the weekend include StudioCanal’s BrightonRock with Sam Riley and Helen Mirren, Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, and Mike Mills’ Thumbsucker follow-up Beginners with Ewan McGregor, Christohper Plummer and Melanie Laurent which UTA is representing worldwide.
The roster included Takashi Miike’s swordplay feature 13 Assassins which Hanway is selling, EuropaCorp’s Little White Lies by Guillaume Canet, and the drama BeautifulBoy with Michael Sheen and Maria Bello, which Paradigm represents for North America and Lightning Entertainment is handling overseas.
UTA is representing domestic sales on the popular comedy Fubar 2. There has been a positive response to Everything Must Go, which CAA and ICM are representing for North America and IM Global is selling internationally.
Driveis sparking wide interest ahead of the start of filming in Los Angeles this month. WME is representing domestic rights and Affinity International is handling overseas.