Tom Ford’s directorial debut, “A Single Man”, caused a huge flurry of deals in Toronto over Monday night and well into yesterday with the acclaimed film seeing distribution rights snapped up in many key territories.
Ford deliberately refused to pre-sell the film until it had screened at both Venice, where Colin Firth received the Best Actor prize, and Toronto. The gamble paid off with The Weinstein Company acquiring all U.S. and German rights and plans to release the film theatrically before the end of the year.
Icon scored the film in the UK and Australia, Mars will release it in France, Aurum in Spain, Scanbox in Scandinavia, Alliance in Canada, Village Roadshow in Greece, Multivision in Singapore, Studio Solutions in Taiwan, Prisvideo for Portugal, Nu Metro for South Africa, Forum for Israel, Gulf for the Middle East, and PVR for India says Screen Daily.
An adaptation based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, the story is set in Los Angeles in 1962 at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. George Falconer (Colin Firth) is a 52 year old British college professor struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim.
George is consoled by his closest friend Charley (Julianne Moore), a 48 year old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. A young student of George’s, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), who is coming to terms with his true nature, stalks George as he feels in him a kindred spirit. “A Single Man” is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition, and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life.