UPDATED: We continue to add to our ongoing deal tally out of Sundance (which wrapped January 26). While the buys haven’t been high-end, they’ve been steady. So, who’s bought what? A breakdown of companies and numbers of buys, below.
IFC Films (4 buys): IFC acquired earnest Kristen Stewart drama “Camp X-Ray,” which earned mixed reviews at the fest. IFC Midnight acquired U.S. and Latin American rights to Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent’s psychological horror film “The Babadook,” starring Essie Davis as a single mother who must cope not only with her troubled son but a shadowy monster in their home. Entertainment One Films International (eOne) is handling international rights. IFC also picked up John Slattery’s woeful comedic misfire “God’s Pocket” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro as small-town folks caught up in the aftermath of a construction site murder cover-up. They also have horror director Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” starring Michael C. Hall as a Texas man who kills a home intruder–and then deals with the consequences.
A24 (3 buys): The “Spring Breakers” young distrib usually goes edgy, and scooped up Gillian Robespierre’s rom-com “Obvious Child,” starring Jenny Slate as a stand-up comedian who gets an abortion. They also nabbed Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies,” starring Keira Knightley as a young woman who befriends a group of teen girls (including Chloe Grace Moretz) as she decides what to do about her longtime boyfriend — who’s just proposed, to her dismay. And A24 partnered with DirecTV on Aubrey Plaza zombie comedy “Life After Beth.”
Magnolia (3 buys): Along with Paramount, they snapped up Joe Swanberg’s lovely family dysfunction comedy “Happy Christmas,” pre-fest. Magnolia also picked up polarizing offbeat comedy “Frank,” starring Michael Fassbender in a mask–a waste. Magnolia also picked up Steve James’ heart-tugging Roger Ebert doc “Life Itself,” set to hit theaters this summer followed by an exclusive broadcast on CNN later this year.
Fox Searchlight (2 buys): Early on they snapped up Mike Cahill’s heady sci-fi Sloan prize winner “I, Origins,” starring Michael Pitt and “Another Earth” star Brit Marling–with whom they have worked three times–and John Michael McDonagh’s well-reviewed black comedy “Calvary,” starring his “The Guard” lead Brendan Gleeson and son Domhnall.
RADiUS TWC (2 buys): They scooped up Charlie McDowell’s “The One I Love,” starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as an unhappily married couple who try to rekindle their spark at a secluded vacation home recommended by their couples therapist. But a weekend getaway turns into something much stranger — and more sci-fi oriented — when they begin to understand what the vacation house has in store. The company also nabbed documentary “Fed Up.”
Focus Features (1 buy): The new management team led by Peter Schlessel grabbed Zach Braff’s controversially Kickstarted “Garden State” follow-up “Wish I Was Here,” a comedy starring Braff, Kate Hudson and Josh Gad.
Gravitas Ventures (1 buy): Following a warmly received Sundance premiere, writer/director Michael Tully’s “Ping Pong Summer” landed a distribution deal with Gravitas, which will take the film out theatrically and digitally early this summer, with a home video release later in 2014.
Participant Media and Univision (1 buy): They nabbed doc “Cesar’s Last Fast” in a six figure deal.
Funny or Die and Univision: (1 buy): They partnered to take vampire mockumentary “What We Do In the Shadows,” from Kiwi funny guys Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Concords”) and Taika Waititi (“Boy”).
Well Go USA (1 buy): They took US rights to Nazi zombie sequel “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead.”