Cinetic, Fortissimo ink Maximum deals

'Tokyo Sonata,' 'Gigantic' among films in pact

TORONTO -- Canadian distributor Maximum Films unveiled twin six-picture deals with output suppliers Cinetic Media and Fortissimo Films as the Toronto International Film Festival's market picked up its pace on Tuesday.

The Fortissimo package includes the Toronto International Film Festival titles Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Tokyo Sonata," the Icelandic mock-doc comedy "Country Wedding" from Valdis Oskarsdottir, and Tatia Rosenthal's "$9.99."

Fortissimo also supplied from its roster Rashid Masharawi's "Laila's Birthday" and Brillante Mendoza's "Serbis," which unspooled in the Vanguard sidebar.

Maximum earlier this week picked up Steve Jacob's "Disgrace" from Fortissimo after both parties signed an output deal at last year's Toronto festival.

The multi-title deal with Fortissimo was hammered out between Fortissimo co-chairman Michael Werner and senior vp of sales and acquisitions Winnie Lau and Maximum's managing director Bryan Gliserman.

Separately, Maximum acquired six features from Cinetic Media, including Ian Fitzgibbon's "A Film With Me in it," which is having its North American premiere in Toronto, Matt Aselton's directorial debut "Gigantic," Ramin Bahrani's "Goodbye Solo," and John Crowley's "Is there Anybody There?"

Also bound for release in Canada via Maximum is Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles," an ode to the legendary director that stars Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Ben Chaplin and Christian McKay, and "Uncertainty," from Scott McGehee and David Siegel.

Maximum and Cinetic Media also signed an exclusive output deal at last year's Toronto festival.
comments powered by Disqus