Canadian film "Incendies," by Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, is the latest new movie to score a distribution deal at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival. Sony Pictures Classics acquired U.S. rights to the powerful new film in the wake of a strong reception at the recent Venice and Telluride Film Festivals last week.
Sales company eOne Films International has also closed deals in numerous territories for the film here in Toronto.
"Incendies" explores a brother and sister who, in the wake of their mother’s death, embark on a revelatory journey to the Middle East to unearth their family tree. It’s a journey marked by tenderness and horror as the siblings follow the roots of their family to unexpected (and at times unbelievable) places.
"With 'Incendies', Denis Villeneuve has become the major filmmaker predicted by his previous movies," Sony Classics said in a statement. "The tremendous reaction of audiences at Venice, Telluride and Toronto confirmed for us its potential for success as a satisfying, profound, and suspenseful viewing experience."
Charlotte Mickie from eOne said that the film has also been sold to buyers in numerous other territories, including Happiness Distribution (France), Arsenal (Germany), Cineart (Benelux), Lucky Red (Italy), Filmcoopi (Switzerland), Shani Films (Israel) and ECS (Middle East).
The film was produced by Luc Déry and Kim McCraw of micro_scope with with TS Productions and in association with Phi Group.
This is the third major deal of the Toronto Film Festival thus far, following The Weinstein Company's pick up of "Dirty Girl" and IFC Films taking "Super."