Magazine article Screen International

'Colette' Starring Keira Knightley Sells to Bleecker Street, 30WEST at Sundance (Update)

Magazine article Screen International

'Colette' Starring Keira Knightley Sells to Bleecker Street, 30WEST at Sundance (Update)

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Slamdance opener Pick Of The Litter sparks interest for Submarine.


JANUARY 21 UPDATE: Wash Westmoreland’s Colette starring Keira Knightley has sold to Bleecker Street and 30WEST in a mid-seven-figure US deal as the first major on-site deal in Park City closed in the small hours of Sunday following Saturday night’s world premiere.

CAA and Endeavor Content handled negotiations on behalf of the filmmakers and fielded interest from Sony Pictures Classics, Amazon Studios and Fox Searchlight. The Premieres selection from Number 9 Films, Killer Films and Bold Films stars Knightley as the titular French author and had been a hot ticket for buyers.

Westmoreland directs and shares a writing credit with his late husband and collaborator Richard Glatzer (who died in 2015) and Rebecca Lemkowicz. HanWay Films represents international rights.

Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone follow-up Leave No Trace sold to SPWAin an international deal after it delivered a stirring debut on Saturday and plays again on Sunday. The Premieres selection about a father and daughter living off the grid stars Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzieas, who impressed buyers at the premiere. Endeavor Content continues to talk to North Americasn buyers and the pedigree is clear. Winter’s Bone won the grand jury prize back in Sundance 2010 and went on to earn four Oscar nods including one for best picture and another for the film’s then-unknown star, Jennifer Lawrence.

Sundance Selects snapped up Dana Nachman and Don Hardy’s Slamdance feel-good documentary and opening night selection Pick Of The Litter. Submarine represents worldwide sales.

Meanwhile Carlos López Estrada’s buddy comedy Blindspotting is heating up with insiders talking of an imminent deal, as buyers continue to pursue American Animals and Sorry To Bother You entered the fray following its Saturday world premieres.

Sara Colangelo’s US Dramatic Competition selection The Kindergarten Teacherstarring Maggie Gyllenhaal has also drawn heat following the Friday premiere and plays again on Sunday. Endeavor Content represents worldwide rights.

Sunday in Park City brings anticipated premieres from The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano’s sci-fi drama I Think We’re Alone Now, the US Dramatic Competition selection that premieres at the Eccles in the afternoon and stars Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage. Endeavor Content and CAA represent US rights and Global Road handles international.

Rupert Everett’s feature directorial debut The Happy Prince starring Everett as Oscar Wilde will draw the art house buyers. CAA handles US rights while Beta Cinema is on board international sales. Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation (Endeavor Content represents US, Bloom handles international) from Bron is the Midnight screening buyers are keen to watch.

Submarine handles sales on Sandi Tan’s Shirkers. The story of LA-based Singapore-born filmmaker and novelist Tan, whose debut shot some 25 years ago in Singapore and was stolen by her American mentor.

TrustNordisk’s nail-biter The Guilty has already screened for press and industry and receives its public world premiere in World Cinema Dramatic Competition on Sunday. …

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