Toronto film fest announces latest acquisitions
In the last one of the day, Cohen MediaGroup bought U.S. rights to Luc Besson’s “The Lady,” with its awards-potential performances from Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis.
Prior to that, IFC added Lynne Shelton’s “Your Sister’s Sister” and Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth” to a TIFF slate that already included “The Incident.”
Earlier in the day, Oscilloscope acquired North American distribution for Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights,” while Palisades Tartan acquired the rights to Jafar Panahi’s and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s “This Is Not a Film,” which was covertly filmed after Panahi was arrested and barred from making films by the Iranian government.
MPI Media Group picked up “Yelling to the Sky,” with Gabourey Sidibe and Zoe Kravitz. When it comes to public screenings, most of the highest-profile films have already debuted. Wednesday saw the first public TIFF screenings of the Duplass brothers’ “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” which has been well-received, as well as Joel Schumacher’s “Trespass,” Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” and Canadian director Ken Scott’s “Starbuck.”