September 16, 2010


Yesterday, we reported on the acquisitions of Beautiful Boy, The Conspirator, Submarine, and Insidious at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  Today, we have three more purchases to report.  First up, The Wrap is reporting that Lionsgate has picked up the drama Rabbit Hole, which stars Nicole Kidman as a mother grieving over the loss of her child.  The studio plans to release it before the end of the year as Kidman is receiving heavy awards buzz for her performance.  Next, there’s Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin That I Inhabit, which hasn’t started filming yet, but Sony Pictures Classics now owns the North American distribution rights.  The film stars Antonio Banderas as a father avenging the death of his daughter.  Finally, IFC Films has purchased Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project.  The documentary is billed as a “powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account” biopic of the Hollywood mogul.  Hit the jump for more on each film.

Here’s the TIFF logline for Rabbit Hole:

A family navigates the deepest form of loss in John Cameron Mitchell’s screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart deliver captivating performances as a husband and wife who fight to save their marriage in the life that begins again after tragedy.

Here’s how The Playlist breaks down The Skin That I Inhabit:

A revenge picture based on crime novelist Theirry Jonque‘s 2005 book, Tarantula, the film is about a plastic surgeon’s revenge on the man who raped his daughter. But really, that’s just scratching the surface. You can read the full synopsis of the book here, but in short, this is a film that has a loathsome protagonist who, while seeking justice for his daughter, keeps his wife imprisoned and subjects her to humiliating sexual acts with strangers. The story also apparently features a wide variety of characters whose lives end up intersecting.

Finally, here’s the press release we received regarding IFC’s acquisition of Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project:

Toronto, ON (September 16, 2010) – Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Films, announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Canada, to UNAUTHORIZED: THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN PROJECT, Barry Avrich’s much-anticipated documentary about the legendary co-founder of Miramax Films.  UNAUTHORIZED is a powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account that traces Weinstein’s path from concert promoter on the cold streets of Buffalo to his first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where he arrived with one pair of pants and closed his first movie deal, to winning an Oscar, and breaking the bank with his first $100 million film. It examines his complex relationships with his brother, his staff, and the Hollywood community at large and features interviews with industry insiders and the Hollywood creative community.

UNAUTHORIZED was produced and directed by Barry Avrich, creator of the critically-acclaimed story of Lew Wasserman, THE LAST MOGUL, and producer of the upcoming Des McAnuff production of THE TEMPEST with Christopher Plummer.  The film is narrated by Peter Fonda.

Notes Avrich: “I believe that great stories must be told. Harvey and Bob Weinstein, without a question, redefined so many rules of Hollywood marketing, distribution and filmmaking that you simply can’t ignore their impact on history. Many of their business principles and strategies also redefined other industry practices and quite frankly, other industries.  Without Hollywood’s “Last Bully”, there would be no PULP FICTION, no one would have known about that English patient, Rob Marshall would still be a chorus boy and Quentin would be recommending Bruce Lee’s greatest hits in some video store.  IFC Films is a great home for my film and I am thrilled that it will be receiving such a prominent release.”

Comments Sehring: “Barry has made an entertaining and provocative film that sheds a tremendous amount of light on what makes this legendary mogul tick.”

This is IFC Films’ third major acquisition at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.  The company previously acquired James Gunn’s SUPER starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, and Werner Herzog’s 3-D CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS.

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