Magazine article Variety

Winners & Losers from Toronto

Magazine article Variety

Winners & Losers from Toronto

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WINNER

Paramount Pictures

The studio beat out several other distributors for two of the test's bigger titles, forking over $10 million, based on footage, for Stephen Frears' "Florence Foster Jenkins," starring Meryl Streep, and $5 million for Charlie Kaufman's stopmotion "Anomalisa," a Venice prizewinner.

LOSER

The Market

Inflated offers at this year's Sundance and Cannes caught up with Toronto, forcing buyers to bid more carefully, though STX jumped in toward the end. Sellers were cautious too, biding their time and waiting for bigger deals. Smaller buys included Bleecker Street's acquisition of "Eye in the Sky" and Sony Pictures Classics' purchase of the foreignlanguage "Land of Mine."

WINNER

"Room"

Toronto launched several awardsseason titles - including "Trumbo," "The Danish Girl," "Spotlight," "Truth" and "Black Mass" - but the premiere of "Room," starring Brie Larson and 8-year-old breakout star Jacob Tremblay earned the festival's most rapturous standing ovation. …

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