Toronto Film Festival: Which movies have scored deals?
As the Toronto International Film Festival heads into its final days (the event wraps up Sunday), more and more films roaming the festival junket are landing deals with distributors. Here’s a brief rundown of some of TIFF’s big moments thus far:
- The politically charged comedy Butter, starring Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Alicia Silverstone, Ashley Greene, and Olivia Wilde was screened, and its premiere boasted a headline worthy moment: Harvey Weinstein, via email, asked Republican congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to co-host the Iowa premiere of the film and to discuss her political agenda, particularly “gay rights and women’s rights.”
- Fox Searchlight nabbed the U.S. distribution rights to director Steve McQueen’s Shame. The film — which, in addition to playing well at TIFF, also found acclaim at Venice and Telluride — stars Michael Fassbender as a New Yorker with a compulsive sex addiction whose life begins to unravel when his younger sister (played by Carey Mulligan) moves in. The movie is already garnering a lot of buzz — both from talk of a possible NC-17 rating and Fassbender’s Oscar-worthy performance.
- Cohen Media Group landed the U.S. distribution rights for Luc Besson’s The Lady, a biopic chronicling the life of heroic Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi (played by Michelle Yeoh). While critics didn’t take to the film, audiences did, and the movie is slated to get a limited release come December.
- Lionsgate is reportedly circling Jennifer Westfeldt’s all-star comedy Friends With Kids, which stars the likes of Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Megan Fox, Edward Burns, and Maya Rudolph. The studio also has its eye on Adam Wingard’s You’re Next. [ScreenDaily]
- Other notable deals include: Oscilloscope getting the U.S. rights for Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Palisades Tartan has both U.S. and U.K. rights to the iPhone-shot This Is Not A Film, MPI Media Group announced it had all North American rights to Victoria Mahoney’s Yelling To The Sky, a feature starring Gabourey Sidibe and Zoë Kravitz.
Which project has you pumped?
Toronto International Film Festival 2011 line-up