London-based Swipe Films has picked up international salesrights to Debra Granik's Sundance award-winner Down To The Bone.
The digitally-shot film, which tells the story of a workingclass mother hiding a cocaine addiction from her family, won the DirectingAward and a special jury prize for lead actress Vera Farmiga at the festival inJanuary. The film marks the feature debut of Granik, whose short Snake Feedwon a prize at Sundance in 1998.
"I'd heard great things about the film at Sundance and Iwatched it on the morning of the last day," Swipe Films head Frank Mannion toldScreenDaily.com. "It is a very strong film."
Negotiations were handled by lawyer Ira Schreck on behalf of DownTo The Bone's producers Susan Leber and Anne Rosellini. All territories arecurrently available on the film, which will screen in the market at Cannes.
At the festival last year, Frank Mannion's Swipe Films soldSiddiq Barmak's Osama to every major territory, and the film went on towin the best foreign film at the Golden Globes.
Swipe, which also handles UK distribution on certain titles,last week released Spanish comedy The Other Side Of The Bed and willrelease Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow in the territory on June 4.Frank Mannion also produced Sundance title Grand Theft Parsons.