In its second pick-up of the festival, Magnolia Pictures has pocketed North American distribution rights to “The Brass Teapot,” from first-time feature-film director Ramaa Mosley and screenwriter Tim Macy. The dark and quirky love story had its world premiere Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Juno Temple and Michael Angarano star as a young, poor, newly married couple who find a magic teapot that grants them cash for pain. Darren Goldberg of Atlantic Pictures, Kirk Roos of Northern Lights and James Graves produced.
“‘The Brass Teapot’ is a remarkably funny and assured debut from the very talented Ramaa Mosley,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Michael Angarano and Juno Temple have terrific chemistry in this dark comedy that manages to be sincerely sweet and romantic without ever losing its bite.”
Magnolia acquisitions exec Peter Van Steemburg negotiated the deal with the Gersh Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.
Magnolia has recently released “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” “The Hunter,” “Take This Waltz,” “The Queen of Versailles” and “Compliance.” The company will next release “Deadfall,” “A Royal Affair” and the Holocaust documentary “No Place On Earth,” which it acquired Thursday at Toronto.