9 September 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- Miramax Films made its presence felt at the Toronto International Film Festival's opening weekend by picking up U.S., Australian, New Zealand and South African rights to Studio Canal's Jet Lag. The French-language film stars Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno. The deal, worth just less than $1 million, was sealed by late Saturday afternoon -- just hours before the studio rolled out the red carpet at Roy Thompson Hall for its 6:30 gala screening of the Salma Hayek starrer Frida. By the time Jet Lag's own gala began at 9:30 p.m., Miramax could technically boast back-to-back galas. Beating out several suitors including Focus Features and Fine Line features, Miramax is said not to have been the highest bidder with its approximately $900,000 offer. But the studio did boast a strong relationship with Binoche, who worked with it on Chocolat and The English Patient. Both films earned the actress Oscar nominations, and she won for Patient in the best supporting actress category.


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