Sundance 2016 Acquisitions

by IMDb-Editors | created - 23 Jan 2016 | updated - 31 Jan 2016 | Public

Numerous award-winning films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival including Whiplash and Sex, Lies. and Videotape. The following films that screened at the 2016 festival have been acquired for distribution by a studio or production company. One of them just might be a future Oscar nominee.

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1. Tallulah (2016)

111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Manhattan housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

Director: Sian Heder | Stars: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit

Votes: 13,732

Netflix acquired worldwide streaming rights to this film.

2. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

TV-MA | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

Director: Rob Burnett | Stars: Craig Roberts, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, Alex Huff

Votes: 43,840

Netflix acquired worldwide streaming rights to this film.

3. Complete Unknown (2016)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery

58 Metascore

As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame - a woman who often changes identities - reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Erin Darke, Rachel Weisz, Hansel Tan, FaTye

Votes: 4,839 | Gross: $0.17M

Amazon Studios acquired the rights to this drama.

4. Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

84 Metascore

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi

Votes: 16,801 | Gross: $0.03M

Netflix acquired worldwide streaming rights to this Iranian horror film.

5. Weiner (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner, Barbara Morgan

Votes: 8,679 | Gross: $1.61M

Sundance Selects acquired North American distribution rights to this documentary.

6. Sufat Chol (2016)

87 min | Drama

74 Metascore

When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

Director: Elite Zexer | Stars: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Al Akel

Votes: 2,054 | Gross: $0.08M

Beta Cinema acquired this film.

7. The Fits (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

90 Metascore

While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

Director: Anna Rose Holmer | Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson

Votes: 3,826 | Gross: $0.17M

Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired U.S. distribution rights to this psychodrama. Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights for Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Dutch Benelux, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

8. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.

Director: Thorsten Schütte | Stars: Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel, Chuck Ash

Votes: 976 | Gross: $0.35M

This documentary was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.

9. Little Men (2016)

PG | 85 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Theo Taplitz

Votes: 5,756 | Gross: $0.70M

International sales rights to this film were acquired by Mongrel International.

10. Resilience (2015 TV Movie)

30 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

In a Shantytown of Brazil a man refuses to let his physical disability prevent him from living a full life and taking part of any everyday situation.

Directors: Ricardo Fidelis, Jessica Nettelbladt

Brainstorm Media acquired North American distribution rights to this documentary.

11. Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell

Votes: 20,255 | Gross: $14.01M

Amazon Studios partnered with Roadside Attractions to acquire U.S. rights to this movie.

12. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 1,736

This documentary will premiere Feb. 5 on Showtime.

13. La ciénaga entre el mar y la tierra (2016)

98 min | Drama

A man yearns to go in to the ocean across the street from his house, but suffers from an illness that prevents hims from doing so.

Director: Carlos del Castillo | Stars: Jorge Cao, Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernández, Viviana Serna

Votes: 200

Global Screen acquired distribution rights to this Spanish-language film.

14. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 197,590 | Gross: $47.70M

Amazon Studios acquired U.S. rights to this film.

15. Morris from America (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Patrick Güldenberg

Votes: 4,440 | Gross: $0.09M

A24 acquired the rights to this film.

16. Audrie & Daisy (2016)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community.

Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk | Stars: Daisy Coleman, Jim Fall, Delaney Henderson, Paige Parkhurst

Votes: 4,203

Netflix acquired the rights to this documentary about teen cyberbullying.

17. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 9,962 | Gross: $0.59M

Magnolia Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to Werner Herzog‘s latest documentary.

18. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 79,976 | Gross: $5.20M

The Orchard acquired the North American rights to this drama.

19. Wiener-Dog (2016)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A dachshund passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Keaton Nigel Cooke, Tracy Letts, Julie Delpy

Votes: 7,966 | Gross: $0.45M

Amazon Studios acquired the U.S. rights to Todd Solondz's latest film.

20. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 17,748 | Gross: $15.86M

Fox Searchlight paid $17.5 million, a record high for a Sundance acquisition for this historical drama about the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.

21. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Laura Albert, Asia Argento, Stephen Beachy, Bruce Benderson

Votes: 895 | Gross: $0.09M

Amazon Studios acquired this documentary about a notorious literary fraud.

22. Indignation (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.

Director: James Schamus | Stars: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tijuana Ricks, Sue Dahlman

Votes: 9,999 | Gross: $3.40M

Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to this drama.

23. The Intervention (I) (2016)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Director: Clea DuVall | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Skylar Bernon, Kira Pozehl

Votes: 4,699 | Gross: $0.03M

Paramount acquired the rights to actress Clea Duvall's directorial debut.

24. Brahman Naman (2016)

95 min | Comedy

58 Metascore

A champion college quizzing team try to win the all-India finals and lose their virginities.

Director: Qaushiq Mukherjee | Stars: Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Chaitanya Varad, Vaishwath Shankar

Votes: 1,432

Netflix acquired worldwide streaming rights to this Indian comedy.

25. Sleight (2016)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents' passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in... See full summary »

Director: J.D. Dillard | Stars: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Storm Reid, Donzaleigh Abernathy

Votes: 6,359 | Gross: $3.85M

Blumhouse and WWE films acquired this drama.

26. Mammal (2016)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

Portrait of a contemporary woman living in Dublin. Margaret handles in a very sensitive way- how difficult it is for a mother to grieve the death of a child, even if they are estranged.

Director: Rebecca Daly | Stars: Barry Keoghan, Rachel Griffiths, Michael McElhatton, Nika McGuigan

Votes: 338

Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights to this film for Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

27. Jacqueline Argentine (2016)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

This mockumentary follows an unnamed director and narrator (Wyatt Cenac) down to Argentina, where he's filming Jacqueline, who claims to be blowing the whistle on a plot to assassinate an Arab politician.

Director: Bernardo Britto | Stars: Martin Anderson, Eve Austin, James Benson, Wyatt Cenac

Votes: 84

Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights to this film for for Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Dutch Benelux, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

28. Spa Night (2016)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.

Director: Andrew Ahn | Stars: Joe Seo, Youn Ho Cho, Haerry Kim, Topher Park

Votes: 912 | Gross: $0.04M

Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights to this film for Dutch Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia and Latin America.

29. Mi amiga del parque (2015)

86 min | Drama

Running away from a bar without paying the bill is just the first adventure for Liz (mother to newborn Nicanor) and Rosa (supposed mother to newborn Clarisa). This budding friendship ... See full summary »

Director: Ana Katz | Stars: Julieta Zylberberg, Andrés Milicich, Mirella Pascual, Tomás Newkirk

Votes: 199

Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights to this film for Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Dutch Benelux, Iberia, and the Middle East and North Africa.

30. Gleason (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.

Director: Clay Tweel | Stars: Steve Gleason, Mike Gleason, Scott Fujita, Mike McKenzie

Votes: 2,013 | Gross: $0.58M

Amazon Studios acquired all U.S. rights to this documentary and will partner with Open Road Films to co-release it in theaters this summer.

31. Goat (2016)

R | 96 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of "brotherhood," tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.

Director: Andrew Neel | Stars: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty

Votes: 6,017 | Gross: $0.02M

Paramount Home Video and MTV Films acquired worldwide distribution rights to this drama.

32. The Lovers & the Despot (2016)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Thriller

65 Metascore

The story of the South Korean actor, Choi Eun-hee, and her ex-husband and film director, Shin Sang-ok, who were individually kidnapped and reunited by dictator and film fan Kim Jong-il to force them to develop North Korea's film industry.

Directors: Ross Adam, Robert Cannan | Stars: Eun-hie Choi, Paul Courtenay Hyu, Sang-ok Shin

Votes: 765 | Gross: $0.06M

Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to this documentary.

33. Swiss Army Man (2016)

R | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero

Votes: 84,467 | Gross: $4.21M

A24 acquired U.S. distribution rights to this film.



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