Trimark Pictures has paid $1.65m for domestic rights to What's Cooking', the latest picture from Gurinder Chadha which opened this year's Sundance Film Festival.

The movie - a portmanteau piece looking at four LA households from different ethnic backgrounds as they make preparations for the traditionally festive dinner - was a popular picture at Sundance but wasn't picked up during the festival. Arthur Kananack's AKA handled worldwide sales on the film which was financed by Flashpoint, although it was William Morris Independent's Cassian Elwes who brokered the domestic deal.

What's Cooking stars Alfre Woodard, Joan Chen, Mercedes Ruehl, Julianna Margulies, Lainie Kazan, Dennis Haysbert, Kyra Sedgwick and Maury Chaykin. It was produced by Jeffrey Taylor.

Chadha, an Englishwoman of Indian descent who now lives in Los Angeles, last made Bhaji On The Beach in 1993. What's Cooking' was the first British script to be invited to the Sundance Institute's Screenwriters Lab.

Trimark had already bought domestic rights to Songcatcher, Maggie Greenwald's period drama starring Janet McTeer and Aidan Quinn which played in competition at Sundance.