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Film Acquisition Rundown: Open Road Picks Up ‘All I See Is You,’ A24 Grabs ‘Good Time’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe.

“All I See Is You”

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the drama thriller “All I See Is You,” directed by Marc Forster and starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke. They will release the film nationwide August 4, 2017. It world-premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The film “is the story of a blind woman (Blake Lively) and her husband (Jason Clarke). When her sight unexpectedly returns, she begins to discover the previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.”

– A24 has acquired North American rights to Josh and Benny Safdie’s Robert Pattinson-starring “Good Time.” The “film follows a bank robber’s race to evade the police dragnet that threatens to send him behind bars.” It also stars Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Barkhad Abdi.

The sale took place in advance of next month’s American Film Market. The news was first reported by Variety.

– Well Go USA Entertainment has announced its acquisition of North American and select international rights for Sarah Adina Smith’s “Buster’s Mal Heart,” which premiered in the Vanguard section of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The film stars Emmy winner Rami Malek as Jonah, “a troubled man on the run from fate seeking solace from both his past and his future.” The film co-stars DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil, Toby Huss and Lin Shaye

The film will be released in theaters in early 2017, followed by a digital and home video release later in the year.

– Focus World, owned and operated by Focus Features, has set a domestic theatrical release date for writer/director Julia Ducournau’s award-winning psychological horror thriller “Raw.” The film will open in select cities on Friday, March 10, 2017. Following the movie’s theatrical run, the title will be on digital platforms months later, in the summer.

Earlier this month, the movie won the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at the BFI London Film Festival. The prize follows other accolades for “Raw” from film festivals around the world, including Best Director award at Fantastic Fest’s “Next Wave” competition; the Golden Octopus Award and the Audience Award at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival; and three prizes at the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival including the Citizen Kane Award for Best Up-and-Coming Director, the Méliès d’Argent Award for Best Feature-Length European Film, and the Carnet Jove Jury Award for Best Feature-Length Film.

The film world-premiered at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival in the International Critics’ Week section, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.



– monterey media has acquired all U.S. and Canada rights to Maggie Greenwald’s “Sophie and the Rising Sun,” starring Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Takashi Yamaguchi and Diane Ladd. The film was the Salt Lake City Gala Premiere presentation film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The US theatrical launch is planned for early 2017.

The film is “set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina” and “tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets – Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper – rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.”

– Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the film “Actor Martinez” from writers/directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver. Dreaming of fame and fortune, the film “follows a local Denver actor who hires two indie filmmakers to come to town and make a film with him as the star.

The film had its world premiere at Rotterdam International Film Festival, its North American premiere at Tribeca. In November, it will play the Denver Film Festival, where the film was conceived and AFI in the American Independent Section. Breaking Glass is planning a theatrical release in December of 2016, expanding in the in the first quarter of 2017 along with a DVD/VOD release.

– IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Sean Byrne’s “The Devil’s Candy.” The film, written and directed by Byrne, stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Kiara Glasco. The film was produced by Keith Calder and Jessica Calder for Snoot Entertainment LLC. The film made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and IFC Midnight will release the film in March 2017.

In the film, “Jesse, a struggling artist, moves with his wife and daughter into their dream house in rural Texas, the price driven down by the property’s dark past. Their lives soon begin to unravel as the demonic forces lurking in the house take hold of the young family. Jesse’s paintings take a satanic turn while the family is plagued by Ray, the deranged son of the former owners. Soon it becomes clear that Jesse and Ray are both being influenced by the same dark forces and that Jesse and his family aren’t safe from its former inhabitants or indeed from the devil himself.”

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