Carey Fitzgerald's London based High Point Films has purchased worldwide rights (outside UK) for Jim Threapleton's debut feature "Rendition." The film, starring Omar Berdouni ("United 93") and Andy Serkis ("The Lord of the Rings") and produced by Ultra Film's Andy Noble, follows the story of a British Muslim lecturer who is abducted and tortured. The story grew out of intense workshops between Threapleton and the cast, and Berdouni worked closed with real life victim Maher Arar.
"'Rendition' is a serious film for serious people," said Fitzgerald. "It tells a story that needs to be told about modern day society. Jim Threapleton has done a superlative job in coaxing such natural performances whilst delivering such an emotional wallop."
High Point is presenting the film to buyers and festival programmers at Cannes. [Peter Knegt]