Cannes 2013 Acquisitions & Deals: Volume 2

2 Autumns, 3 Winters
Film Movement has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Sebastien Betbeder’s “2 Autumns, 3 Winters.” The story follows two friends in their early-thirties over two falls and three winters, as one falls in love while the other has a stroke.

Blood Ties
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Guillaume Canet’s English-language directorial debut “Blood Ties” in a $2 million deal. Lionsgate’s Roadside Attractions will release the film, a remake of “Les Liens Du Sang,” which follows two brothers, one a cop and one an ex-con. Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, James Caan, Matthias Schoenaerts and Mila Kunis star.

Blue Is The Warmest Color
Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Abdellatif Kechiche’s French-language drama “Blue Is the Warmest Color” starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. The story deals with a young girl’s first love and includes explicit lesbian sex scenes. It has also drawn rave reviews at Cannes.

Blue Ruin
The Weinstein’s Radius-TWC label has acquired North American rights to writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s “Blue Ruin”. The film centers on a man who returns to his childhood home to seek revenge. He soon finds himself in a fight to protect his estranged family.

Bone Tomahawk
Magnolia Pictures had acquired U.S. rights to S. Craig Zahler’s soon to film western “Bone Tomahawk”. Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins, and Jennifer Carpenter star in the story of an outlaw who unknowingly leads a band of cannibalistic Troglodytes into the peaceful western town of Bright Hope.

The Crash Reel
Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to The Crash Reel, which follows the different paths taken by childhood friends and snowboarding rivals Shaun White and Kevin Pearce. Phase 4 plans an early winter 2013 theatrical release.

Entertainment One has acquired U.S. rights to “Diana,” the Princess Diana movie starring Naomi Watts and focusing on the last two years of Diana’s life. eOne will release the film later this year.

How To Catch A Monster
Sierra/Affinity has sold to twenty international markets for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, fantasy drama “How to Catch a Monster.” Warner Bros acquired U.S. rights to the project earlier this month.

The Human Race
XLrator has acquired U.S. rights to “The Human Race,” a sci-fi horror film written and directed by Paul Hough. The story deals with eighty people are abducted from a city street and forced to engage in a brutal race to the death. Only one person will cross the finish line alive.

Jail Caesar
D Street Releasing has taken U.S. rights to Paul Schoolman’s “Jail Caesar,” in which a group of actors join prisoners in three different prisons to re-enact the story of Julius Caesar. Derek Jacobi and John Kani star.

Jamesy Boy
Phase 4 Films has acquired the North American rights to Trevor White’s crime-thriller “Jamesy Boy”. Mary-Louise Parker, James Woods, Ving Rhames and Taissa Farmiga star.

Music Box has picked up North American rights to Mads Mikkelsen starrer “Michael Kohlhaas”. The 16th century-set film follows a horse merchant (Mikkelsen) who raises an army after suffering an injustice at the hands of a young baron. A Q4 2014 release is planned.

Artificial Eye has scored UK rights to Hong Khaou’s debut feature “Lilting” starring Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei. The story follows a non-English speaking woman who must befriend her son’s male lover after his untimely death.

Love Battles
Adopt Films has acquired all U.S. rights to French director Jacques Doillon’s “Love Battles”. The story follows a young woman who deals with her father’s death by engaging in a contest of wills, physicality and carnality with the caretaker of his estate.

The Lunchbox
Sony Pictures Classics have acquired all North American rights to Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox”. The story follows a mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system that connects a young housewife to a stranger in the dusk of his life. They build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

Man of Tai Chi
Radius-TWC has acquired North American rights to Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut “Man Of Tai Chi” with a Q4 2013 release planned. The film is set in modern Beijing and follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Hu Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.

Metro Manila
Fox International Productions has scored the remake rights to Sean Ellis’ Philippines-set “Metro Manila”. The thriller follows a poor farmer seeking a brighter future in Manila who takes the most dangerous job in the city as an armored transport driver.

Oh Boy
Music Box has acquired U.S. rights to Jan Ole Gerster’s Berlin-set slacker dramedy “Oh Boy”. The film has been one of the biggest local hits in Germany this year, grossing more than $2 million.

Only Lovers Left Alive
Sony Pictures Classics have picked up the North American distribution rights for Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” about immortal lovers. Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright star.

The Weinstein Company has scored the rights to Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon-led sci-fi romance feature “Passengers”. A wide release is expected in 2014.

The Past
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Asghar Farhadi’s family drama “The Past,” which stars Berenice Beho (“The Artist”) and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”). A late 2013 release is planned with the film expected to be a potential awards contender.

Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” has been acquired by Weinstein Co. for distribution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain. The dramedy is based on the true story of an Irish woman (Judi Dench) who searches for the now-adult illegitimate son (Steve Coogan) she had been forced to give up for adoption by nuns at a convent in the 1950s. A Fall 2013 release is planned.

Phase 4 Films has acquired the North American rights to John Huddle’s fantasy thriller “Philosophers” starring James D’Arcy, Sophie Lowe and Bonnie Wright. The story follows an international philosophy teacher in Jakarta who challenges his class to choose which would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

The Protector 2
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Prachya Pinkaew’s $20 million Tony Jaa action thriller “The Protector 2”. The project is reported to be the highest-budget Thai film ever produced.

IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Josh Waller’s action/thriller “Raze”. The story follows a woman who is mysteriously abducted and held captive in an underground lair, where she is forced to do battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators.

Scenic Route
Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to “Scenic Route” starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler as road-tripping buddies whose friendship is tested when they’re stranded in the desert. The film is targeting an August theatrical bow, supplemented by digital/VOD and home video releases.

The Snow Queen
Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Russian 3D animated feature “The Snow Queen” which Timur Bekmambetov is producing. The story follows a little girl who embarks on a journey to save her brother from the evil witch who’s covered the world in ice.

Stranger at the Lake
Strand Releasing has scored North American rights to Alain Guiraudie’s psychological thriller “Stranger at the Lake”. The story follows a young man (Pierre Deladonchamps) who find himself attracted to a man (Christophe Paou) who might be a killer.

A Touch of Sin
Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to Jia Zhangke’s Palme d’Or contender “A Touch of Sin”. Based on true stories, the four-part movie portrays contemporary China as a society which is consumed by violence.

Source: Deadline, Screen, THR, Variety