First deal is 'Sexiest' at Hamptons


In the first pickup from the Hamptons International Film Festival slate, ThinkFilm has nabbed North American rights to Thursday's world premiere "My Sexiest Year."

Writer-director Howard Himelstein's autobiographical coming-of-age story follows Jack Stein (Frankie Muniz), a 17-year-old aspiring writer who lives with his mother (Frances Fisher) in Brooklyn. When her health declines, she sends him to live with his horse-racing handicapper father (Harvey Keitel) in Miami.

Jack soon becomes distracted by new friendships with a rich druggie (Dan Levy) and his sister (Haylie Duff) and the famous model (Amber Valletta) Jack falls for. Ryan Cabrera plays Jack's high school nemesis. Christopher McDonald and Karolina Kurkova also star.

The pickup reunites ThinkFilm with producers Michael Cerenzie and Paul Parmar, part of the team behind its upcoming Sidney Lumet thriller "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."

Himelstein directed "Power of Attorney" and scripted Myriad Pictures' upcoming Oscar Wilde adaptation "A Woman of No Importance."

Cerenzie and Christine Forsyth-Peters' of CP Prods. will produce Russell Mulcahy's "Zen and the Art of Slaying Vampires."

ThinkFilm U.S. theatrical head Mark Urman will attend the fest with three other new films: "Dead" (accompanied by a conversation with Lumet), Paul Schrader's "The Walker" (hosted by star Lauren Bacall) and Alex Gibney's war torture docu "Taxi to the Darkside."

With "Sexiest" off the table, the traditionally acquisition-light Hamptons fest still has several other titles up for grabs, including "Turn the River," "A Table in Heaven," "The Elder Son," "Kabluey," "American East" and "Do You Sleep in the Nude?"