At Tiff, Small Movies Rule a Marketplace That’s Reluctant to Take Risks

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At Tiff, Small Movies Rule a Marketplace That’s Reluctant to Take Risks
Box office is down. Streaming services aren’t yet willing to take center stage. What does a mid-range festival acquisition have to do to get a little attention around here?

As the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival nears its midpoint, the success stories so far lie in the small buys of foreign-language films and titles designed for limited releases. Kino Lorber bought Italian historical drama “Martin Eden” and “Beanpole,” the sophomore feature from Russian director Kantemir Balagov, while Greenwich Entertainment bought the rights for French director Quentin Dupieux’s “Deerskin.”

And on the festival’s first day, IFC and Magnolia Pictures respectively announced acquisitions of Australian folk epic “True History of the Kelly Gang” and the documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band.”

For films with broader theatrical ambitions, the action has been more limited. Fox Searchlight acquired North American rights to Armando Iannuci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield
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