Goldwyn picks a pair at AFM


It's all flowers and merriment for Samuel Goldwyn Films this week at AFM.

The company has acquired domestic distribution rights to the Uncommon Prods. project "American Violet" as well as actor Michael Keaton's directorial debut, "The Merry Gentleman."

Lightning Entertainment is repping "Gentleman" at AFM, along with "La Linea," "The Human Contract," "The Shortcut" and "Trailer Park of Terror."

"Violet," which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in September, was directed by Tim Disney ("A Question of Faith") and stars Alfre Woodard.

The "Violet" deal was negotiated by vp acquisitions Peter Goldwyn on behalf of Goldwyn Films and Peter Newman and MJ Peckos for Uncommon Prods.

Goldwyn plans to release both films in the U.S. market in March. Goldwyn Films most recently released "Elegy" and the documentary "Trumbo." (partialdiff)