Toronto's finished and a couple more key film acquisitions have taken place over the past week. Here's the breakdown:
Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate have snapped up U.S. rights to Peter Webber’s English-language epic "Emperor" about the real-life story of whether to try Emperor Hirohito for war crimes. Roadside will release the movie theatrically.
Wrekin Hill has acquired the Australian surfing drama "Drift" starring Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel. An early 2013 release is being targeted.
IFC Films has acquired Neil Jordan's "Byzantium" stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother and daughter vampires. A platform release is planned.
Lionsgate and Roadside have picked up Joss Whedon's zero-budget adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing". The film was shot in Whedon’s house in just under a fortnight with his actor friends like Nathan Fillion and Alexis Denisof.
Anchor Bay Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to Rob Zombie’s "The Lords of Salem" which has scored some of the best reviews of his career. The story follows a radio station DJ who receives a wooden box containing a vinyl record that triggers flashbacks of Salem’s violent past.
IFC Films has bought all North American rights to director Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" which opened the Venice Film Festival. The story follows a young Pakistani man whose pursuit of corporate success on Wall Street leads him back to the world he had left behind.
Sony Pictures Classics have acquired all North American rights to Haifaa Al-Mansour's "Wadjda", the first feature film shot entirely in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired Kristen Wig's new comedy "Imogene" in which she plays a playwright who fakes her own suicide and winds up remanded to the custody of her dysfunctional family. Annette Bening, Matt Dillon and Darren Criss also star.
IFC has taken the U.S. rights to Erron Sheean's "Errors of the Human Body" starring Michael Eklund as a distraught Canadian geneticist who has relocated to Germany and becomes caught up in the world of competitive genetics.
Sony Pictures Classics have acquired U.S. rights to Atiq Rahimi's "The Patience Stone" based on the award-winning novel of the same name.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired Stuart Blumberg's comedy/drama "Thanks for Sharing". Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins star in the story of sex addicts.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to Ramaa Mosley's fantasy-satire "The Brass Teapot". Juno Temple and Michael Angarano play broke newlyweds who stumble upon a magical teapot that rewards physical pain with wads of cold hard cash.
Cinedigm Entertainment Group has acquired "Come Out and Play". Vinessa Shaw and Ebon Moss-Bachrach play a couple whose boat pulls up at an idyllic island off the Mexican coast, only to find that the only people there are a group of menacing stone-faced children. A theatrical release is planned in 2013.
Freestyle Releasing has acquired the domestic theatrical rights to the tension filled supernatural thriller "Jinn". The story revolves around creation mythology.
Roadside Attractions has acquired the rights to Sarah Polley’s documentary "Stories We Tell" which explores long-held family secrets coming to light. A 2013 release is planned.
Grindstone Entertainment and Lionsgate Home Entertainment have acquired North American distribution rights to Soi Cheang's action thriller "Motorway".
Millennium Entertainment has scored first-time filmmaker Josh Boone's dramedy "Writers". The story centers on an acclaimed writer, his ex-wife and their teenaged children who come to terms with the complexities of love . Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins and Logan Lerman star.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the documentary "No Place on Earth" which follows a Jewish family who took refuge in a cave for nearly two years to evade Nazi capture.
Millennium Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to “What Maisie Knew,” a contemporary version of the Henry James novel starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan.