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CANNES: Ben Wheatley's Hot Directors' Fortnight Title 'Sightseers' Goes to IFC Films

Photo of Dana Harris By Dana Harris | Indiewire May 23, 2012 at 2:9AM

IFC Films has bought North American rights to the dark comedy "Sightseers," directed by Ben Wheatley ("Kill List"). The Directors Fortnight film premieres today in Cannes. Written by the film's stars, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, with additional material by Amy Jump, "Sightseers" describes a holiday with the potential to go very wrong. Here's the logline:
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Cannes Film Festival "Sightseers."

IFC Films has bought North American rights to the dark comedy "Sightseers," directed by Ben Wheatley ("Kill List"). The Directors Fortnight film premieres today in Cannes.

Written by the film's stars, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, with additional material by Amy Jump, "Sightseers" describes a holiday with the potential to go very wrong. Here's the logline:

Chris (Oram) wants to show Tina (Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him the wrong way, over a very jagged edge.

Producers are Nira Park, Claire Jones and Andy Starke; executive producers are Matthew Justice, Jenny Borgars, Danny Perkins, Katherine Butler and Edgar Wright. It's a StudioCanal, Film4 and BFI Presentation of a Big Talk Pictures production in association with Rook Films.

IFC Films also released "Kill List." Wheatley's prior film, "Down Terrace," was handled by Magnolia Pictures. The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP acquisitions & productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Ben Roberts at Protagonist on behalf of the filmmakers.

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, Sightseers, Ben Wheatley, Acquisitions, IFC Films