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TORONTO -- Festivalgoers awoke Sunday to a cold and rainy Toronto, which seemed to mirror the initial mood of buyers looking for available film titles.
In a festival typically front-loaded with acquirable goods, there was no buying frenzy on the order of this year's Sundance fest or Festival de Cannes.
The biggest sale was Helen Hunt's directorial debut, "Then She Found Me". The romantic comedy/drama about a besieged woman whose adoptive mother finds her sported an all-star cast that helped it earn under $2 million from ThinkFilm for U.S. rights and under $1 million from TVA Films for Canadian rights. Negotiations stretched into early Saturday as competition from the Weinstein Co. and Roadside Attractions late Friday morphed into the Canadian co-deal.
In two smaller overseas sales, the Weinstein Co. picked up virtually all worldwide rights to the British child murderer drama "Boy A", and IFC Entertainment purchased North American rights to the Icelandic thriller "Jar City". Myriad Pictures picked up international sales rights to the ex-con tale "All Hat", premiering Tuesday at the festival and set for Canadian distribution by Alliance Films early next year.
Outside the fest but during the thick of it, Miramax plunked down just less than $5 million for U.S. rights to Fernando Meirelles' dramatic plague thriller "Blindness", starring Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore, which is now shooting in Toronto. Another out-of-fest buy was the cross-cultural relationship drama "Never Forever", starring Vera Farmiga. Arts Alliance America (formerly Hart Sharp Video) and Prime Entertainment picked up North American rights and is planning an early 2008 theatrical release.
Buyers fled the school shooting drama "In Bloom" before the end, but it wasn't necessarily a reflection on the film: They were running off to catch the other big title of the night and one of the most anticipated of the fest, Alan Ball's "Nothing Is Private". The shocking drama about a 13-year-old sexually abused Arab-American girl, starring Aaron Eckhart and Toni Collette, provoked wildly mixed, passionate and hesitant reactions along with talk that some scenes could garner it an NC-17 rating. »
TORONTO -- David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, starring Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen, and Denys Arcand's Days of Darkness will get the red-carpet treatment at the Toronto International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.
The latest work from veteran Canadian directors Cronenberg and Arcand -- whose film closed Cannes this year -- will receive galas at Roy Thomson Hall.
Unveiling the Canadian contingent in Toronto, festival organizers said they have booked Francois Girard's Keira Knightley starrer Silk from Picturehouse and New Line International, Roger Spottiswoode's Rwandan drama Shake Hands With the Devil and Clement Virgo's boxing tale Poor Boy's Game, starring Danny Glover, for Special Presentations slots.
Also joining the Special Presentations program is Adam Vollick's Here Is What Is, a portrait of famed record producer Daniel Lanois, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg, billed as a "docu-fantasia" about the filmmaker's hometown.
Canadian films unspooling as part of Toronto's Contemporary World Cinema section include Leonard Farlinger's All Hat; Bruce Sweeney's American Venus, starring Rebecca De Mornay; Bernard Emond's Contre Toute Esperance, which will also screen in Locarno; and Carl Bessai's Carrie-Anne Moss starrer Normal.
Also joining the CWC party is Laurie Lynd's Breakfast With Scot, Denis Cote's Nos Vies Privees and Kari Skogland's The Stone Angel, the big-screen adaptation of the classic Margaret Laurence novel, starring Ellen Burstyn. »
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