IFC Films has taken North American rights to Michael Winterbottom’s “The Look of Love,” which amounts to the first acquisition of a dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The Premieres section drama first screened Saturday night at the Eccles Theatre.
Written by Matt Greenhalgh, “Look of Love” tells the real-life story of British adult magazine publisher Paul Raymond, who became one of the richest men in England. Often one to explore provocative subjects (and often with star Steve Coogan), Winterbottom returns to the festival for the first time since 2010, when his adaptation of the violent noir “The Killer Inside Me” stirred up strong reactions from viewers. IFC Films also released that film as well as recent Winterbottom works “Trishna” and “The Trip.”
Studiocanal and UTA repped the sale for the filmmakers.
IFC Films sister company Sundance Selects acquired the documentaries “The Summit” and “Dirty Wars” earlier in the fest.