Three-timing IFC Films visits 'Red Riding' 'hood

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IFC Films made its second buy of the festival Thursday, picking up the three-in-one uberfeature "Red Riding Trilogy," which is being sold in the Cannes market.

The deal came 24 hours after IFC picked up the Romanian omnibus pic "Tales From the Golden Age."

The ambitious "Red Riding," which was financed by and has aired on Channel 4 in Britain, involves three interlinked movies, each from an acclaimed director, that fictionally retell the story of the investigation into Britain's notorious Yorkshire Ripper of the 1970s and '80s.

The project, based on David Peace's book series "Red Riding Quartet" (the fourth was not turned into a movie), echoes Steven Soderbergh's 2008 Cannes pic "Che," a two-part feature that was sometimes presented as one movie and which IFC also acquired and released. Each of the "Red Riding" pics will be treated separately by IFC, getting distinct theatrical and VOD releases in the fall.

The project follows a series of characters over a decadelong quest to solve the case of the Ripper.

Julian Jarrold helmed "1974," which stars Eddie Garfield as a rookie journalist attempting to solve the case. James Marsh directed "1980," in which Paddy Considine plays a maverick police officer attempting to crack the Yorkshire Ripper case six years into his reign of terror. In Anand Tucker's "1983," David Morrissey plays a veteran detective who revisits the case.

Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton's Revolution Films produced the pics. (partialdiff)
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