Two more Sundance favorites have found distribution deals.
Mora Stephens’ thriller “Zipper” has found a home at Alchemy, which will release the film later this year. Starring Patrick Wilson as a sex-addicted federal prosecutor whose careening personal life threatens to derail his rising political career, “Zipper” is the second female-helmed film acquired by Alchemy at this year’s Sundance (the first being Kim Farrant’s “Strangerland”).
Louise Osmond’s crowd-pleasing documentary “Dark Horse” has also been picked up. Sony Pictures Classics purchased the winner of the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, which focuses on a group of working-class men who breed a successful racehorse to take on the “sport of kings.” There’s no word yet of a release date, though.
In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Osmond described the events of her film as “funny and moving and life-affirming; a classic rags-to-riches tale. “I knew the first time I heard this story that I would do pretty much anything to make it [into a documentary],” she said. “It was about the extraordinary bond the characters forged with this beautiful animal that seemed almost like something from a fable, a phoenix rising from the ashes.”