Sundance Acquisitions 2012: Volume Four

Wish You Were Here
Entertainment One has acquired North American rights to Kieran Darcy-Smith’s psychological thriller “Wish You Were Here” which opened the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance.

Edgerton, Felicity Price and Teresa Palmer star in the story of four Australian friends who head off to Cambodia on vacation — but only three return home. A Fall release is planned. [Source: Reuters]

Liberal Arts
IFC has picked up Josh Radnor’s comedy-drama “Liberal Arts” about a 35-year-old man who falls for a 19-year-old after being invited back to his alma mater.

Radnor wrote, directs and stars in the film alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Zac Efron. IFC reportedly picked up the film for a little over $1 million. [Source: Reuters]

Simon Killer
IFC Films is in final negotiations to acquire writer-director Antonio Campos’ “Simon Killer” for mid-six figures.

Brady Corbet plays a recent college graduate who goes to Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend. While there, he falls in love with a mysterious young prostitute, though it is he who has deeper secrets. [Source: Chicago Tribune]

The Pact
IFC Midnight has bought North American rights to Nicholas McCarthy’s “The Pact”, a feature based on a short the writer-director brought to last year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The story follows two sisters who sense a mysterious presence in their childhood home, which they visit after their mother dies. As things get creepier, Annie starts having disturbing dreams and visions, and learns something terrible about her mother’s past. [Source: Reuters]

How to Survive a Plague
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to David France’s documentary “How to Survive a Plague” about a group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women who became activists.

“How to Survive a Plague” includes archival footage from the 1980s, putting viewers in the middle of heated meetings, terrible failures and stunning breakthroughs. [Source: Reuters]

V/H/S
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the midnight movie thriller “V/H/S” for just over $1 million.

The story follows a group of misfits hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house to acquire a rare VHS tape, discovering more found footage than they bargained for. [Source: Reuters]