Magnolia snags 'Eclipse' rights

Conor McPherson's film a hot property at Tribeca

In the first major sale in Tribeca in several years, Magnolia has picked up all worldwide rights to "The Eclipse," Conor McPherson's horror-tinged story of a widower in a coastal Irish town.

The company is believed to have paid low-mid six figures for the pic, which Roadside, Lionsgate, Miramax and Sony Pictures Classics had also been circling.

Ciaran Hinds stars in the film as a man who recently lost his wife and begins to see ghosts; he also becomes involved with a visting horror writer (Iben Hjejle), who is being pursued by a smarmy American author. Hinds won the best actor jury prize at Tribeca Thursday for his performance.

McPherson, a noted playwright, made his directorial debut with the pic.

With both relationship and genre elements, the film has been seen by buyers at the fest as a potential crossover hit.

Treasure Entertainment produced the film, while Josh Braun's Submarine Entertainment repped the filmmakers in the sale.

Tribeca has aimed to grow its acquisitions market for several years. While some films have been picked up weeks or months after the fest, a quick turnaround purchase is rare.

Tribeca closes Saturday evening with Fox Searchlight's "My Life in Ruins."