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Sundance Selects Nabs Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna”

Sundance Selects Nabs Michael Winterbottom's "Trishna"

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna” out of Toronto. This marks IFC’s fourth collaboration with Winterbottom (they last handled his comedy “The Trip”).

Shot on location in Jaipur, India, “Trisha” pairs Freida Pinto up with Riz Ahmed (“Four Lions”) as a pair of good-looking doomed lovers. The story’s based on Thomas Hardy’s novel “Tess of the d’Ubervilles.”

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Toronto, CANADA (September 15, 2011) – Sundance Selects announced today from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to Michael Winterbottom’s critically-acclaimed TRISHNA. The film, with a screenplay also by Winterbottom, stars Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed. Winterbottom and Melissa Parmenter produced the project, with Bankside Films handling international sales. Bankside Films and UK Film Council financed the film in conjunction with VTR Media Investments, Bob Film Sweden and Film I Vast with the support of the Swedish Film Institute. Additionally, A Film (Benelux), Madman (Australia and New Zealand), Bac Films (France), Shooting Stars (Middle East), and Video Vision (South Africa) obtained rights to the film. TRISHNA marks IFC’s fourth collaboration with Winterbottom and fifth with Revolution Films, with previous titles including RED RIDING TRILOGY, THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, THE KILLER INSIDE ME and THE TRIP.

Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, TRISHNA tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman, Jay Singh (Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father’s hotel business. After an accident destroys her father’s Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialization, urbanization and, above all, education. Trishna’s tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects, said: “TRISHNA is Michael Winterbottom’s most beautiful and sensual film and features a truly sublime performance by Frieda Pinto. We couldn’t be happier to continue our relationship with Michael, Andrew Eaton and Melissa Parmentier at Revolution Films and working with Bankside Films.”

Noted Winterbottom: “I’ve worked with IFC before on THE KLLER INSIDE ME and THE TRIP and I am delighted to be working with them again on TRISHNA.”

The deal for TRISHNA was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects with Stephen Kelliher, Head of Sales & Acquisitions for Bankside Films, on behalf of the filmmakers.

Sundance Selects is a sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc.

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