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May 11, 2010 2:56 AM
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Strand Takes Cannes Market Title "Passenger Side"

Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Matthew Bissonnette's "Passenger Side," which is screening in this year's edition of the Marche du film at the Cannes International Film Festival. The deal was negotiated between Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing, Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films, and producer Corey Marr.

"We're thrilled to be working with this talented team and have been a fan of the film since it debuted [at the Los Angeles Film Festival]," said Gerrans in a statement.

Writer/director Bissonnette's film stars Adam Scott, Joel Bissonnette, and Robin Tunney, and is a "comic road movie that never leaves Los Angeles."

As described by Strand Releasing:

"On the morning of his thirty-seventh birthday Michael (Adam Scott) wakes up in Los Angeles. He is at the end of the country, the end of his over-extended youth, and the end of his literary luck. At this pivotal moment the telephone rings, and it is Tobey (Joel Bissonnette), his baby brother, a terrible drug addict, now ostensibly clean, and once again in need of help; his car is broken and he has a job interview; needs to pick up his dry-cleaning, return library books, etc - or so he says. Michael puts off his seemingly romantic birthday plans, and with his brother embarks on a sketchy, meandering day long odyssey through the mysteries of Los Angeles County. As the day unfolds the two brothers talk about their past, present, and futures; meet loads of strange characters; cover many, many miles, and it becomes clear that this drive will, in the end, lead them to some very unexpected destinations."

The film was named one of "Canada's Top Ten" films of 2009 by the Toronto International Film Festival, and has additionally screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, and the Edmonton International Film Festival where it was awarded the 'Citytv Award for Best Canadian Feature'.

"As filmmakers you hope to find a distributor that will have the passion and dedication to nurture your film into the market place," said the film's producer Corey Marr in a statement. "We are excited, and feel very fortunate, to have found that distributor in Strand. We look forward to working with Jon and Marcus and their team so that 'Passenger Side' can reach the widest audience possible."

Foreign sales are being handled by Mark Austin of Breakaway Media. The film was produced in association with Telefilm Canada, The Movie Network, and Movie Central.

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