Finest, Lymelife & Other Sundance Sales

Despite various premieres there’s little in the way of films selling at this year’s Sundance Film Festival as distributors reel from the tough economic times and the dismal performance of last year’s biggest purchases like “Hamlet 2,” “American Teen” and “The Wackness”.

The first big deal was Senator Distribution and Sony landed rights to Antoine Fuqua’s violent police drama “Brooklyn’s Finest” for low-to-mid seven figures. That film stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke in a story of police corruption and will score a theatrical release in the Fall with some edits looking likely to cut down on the film’s unwieldly length.

Cinemavault picked up international rights to Derick Martini’s “Lymelife” on the eve of its Sundance premiere in the Spectrum section. Alec Baldwin, Rory Culkin, Kieran Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon and Emma Roberts star in the 1970’s Long Island-set drama about the dangers of the American dream seen through the innocent eyes of a 15-year-old boy. A Spring theatrical release by Screen Media Films is planned.

Wild Bunch picked up international rights to “The September Issue”, the documentary examining a month in the life of Vogue editor Anna Wintour who inspired Meryl Streep’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada”.

Other sales haven’t happened yet but Lynn Shelton’s comedy “Humpday” about two straight men who make a gay porno, Cherien Dabis’s immigration drama “Amreeka”, and the drama “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” are getting several offers.

Marc Webb’s quirky romantic comedy “500 Days of Summer” and a secret screening of Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience” have also generated a lot of buzz in this first weekend of screenings.