TIFF Distribution News: IFC picks up 3 films including ‘Super’, Weinstein’s pick up 3 films including ‘Submarine’, Lionsgate picks up 2 films including Redford’s latest
The Toronto International Film Festival is coming to a close and this means lots of distribution deals have occurred. According to THR, IFC Films, which acquired James Gunn’s superhero comedy Super and Werner Herzog’s new 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams earlier this week, have now acquired the Harvey Weinstein biopic doc Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project. That film, directed by Barry Avrich, is a no holds barred look at the life and career of former Miramax and now TWC honcho Harvey Weinstein.
While Harvey might not be happy with how he is portrayed in Avrich’s film, he should be happy by the three acquisitions he made. THR reported that he acquired the coming of age dramedy Submarine, starring Sally Hawkins, Paddy Consadine, and Craig Roberts. The film produced by Ben Stiller and received very good notices during the fest. This is following on the heals of acquiring the road trip comedy Dirty Girl starring Juno Temple and William H. Macy for around $3 million. They also got the US rights to Sarah’s Key starring Kristin Scott Thomas. The film, based on the best selling novel by Tatiana De Rosnay, is an international thriller about about an American living in France. The film will be released in the Spring of 2011.
Lionsgate nabbed two big films, both of which will probably not get releases until 2011. THR reported that they have purchased Robert Redford’s latest film The Conspirator with plans of giving it a spring release next year. The film, which got solid reviews, tells the story behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It stars Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, and Justin Long. They also picked up John Cameron Mitchell’s latest film, Rabbit Hole.