D Films buys Toronto opener

Canadian indie acquires local rights to 'Creation'

TORONTO -- Canadian indie distributor D Films on Tuesday said it acquired the local rights to Jon Amiel's "Creation" from HanWay Films ahead of the Charles Darwin romancer opening the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night.

Toronto-based D Films picked up all rights to the Paul Bettany/Jennifer Connelly starrer, which is the Canadian distributor's first acquisition since opening its doors last month.

The deal was brokered by president Jim Sherry and vp acquisitions Tony Cianciotta for D Films and Tim Haslam, CEO of London-based HanWay Films.

"Creation" still awaits an American suitor as HanWay shops the British pic in Toronto.

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Bettany plays the British father of evolutionary theory in "Creation," while Connelly play his wife, Emma. The British drama was co-developed by Recorded Picture Company with BBC Films and the U.K. Film Council, and includes Jeremy Northam, Toby Jones and Benedict Cumberbatch in its cast.