IFC nabs 'Jar City' at Toronto

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TORONTO -- In one of the first sales from the Toronto fest, IFC Entertainment picked up all North American rights to Baltasar Kormakur's cop thriller "Jar City."

The Icelandic feature is the highest grossing film in its country's history. It was an official selection at last week's Telluride fest and won the 2007 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival's top award. IFC will release the film via its day-and-date First Take program.

The adaptation of Arnaldur Indrioason's detective novel tracks a father desperate to discover how his young daughter died of a rare genetic disease not in his lineage, and a detective searching for the murderer of a two-bit criminal. The detective's search leads him to "Jar City," a repository for preserved body parts including the brain of a young girl who dies decades earlier. Their paths collide as the mystery unfolds.

Kormakur's resume includes the Icelandic comedy "101 Reykjavik," the drama "The Sea" and the thriller "A Little Trip to Heaven" starring Forest Whitaker.

ICM reps Kormakur, and his film is one of a few the agency is shopping in Toronto. Others include Jessica Yu's "Ping Pong Playa" (with The Firm) and Roger Spottiswoode's Rwanda drama "Shake Hands with the Devil."

IFC vp acquisitions and production Arianna Bocco and director of acquisitions and production Lizzie Nastro repped IFC in the deal. Trust Films and ICM co-represented North American rights. Trust sales executive Natja Noviani Rosner negotiated on behalf of the company, which also represents worldwide sales.
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