Movies that Scored U.S. Distribution at Toronto

Courtesy of TIFF

The Toronto Film Festival saw a rush of about 20 deals for U.S. or North American rights, but many big players -- Focus, Sony Classics, FilmDistrict, Relativity and Open Road -- held back. IFC Films walked away with five titles, most for any distributor. The biggest deal by far involved CBS Films paying $5 million for U.S. rights to Lasse Hallstrom's British dramedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen after a heated 24-hour bidding war with Summit. CBS Films also fought hard for Jennifer Westfeldt's ensemble comedy Friends With Kids, which went to Roadside and Lionsgate as the fest closed.

Americano (drama)

Director: Mathieu Demy
Cast: Mathieu Demy, Geraldine Chaplin, Salma Hayek
Buyer: MPI Media Group
Seller: Bac Films

The Awakening (supernatural thriller)

Director: Nick Murphy
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West
Buyer: Cohen Media Group
Seller: StudioCanal

The Day (thriller)

Director: Doug Aarniokoski
Cast: Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan, Shannyn Sossamon
Buyer: WWE Studios
Seller: Preferred Content

The Deep Blue Sea (drama)

Director: Terence Davies
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston
Buyer: Music Box Films
Seller: Protagonist Pictures

Enter Nowhere (thriller)

Director: Jack Heller
Cast: Sara Paxton, Scott Eastwood
Buyer: Grindstone/Lionsgate
Seller: Indomina

4:44 Last Day on Earth (drama)

Director: Abel Ferrara
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Natasha Lyonne
Buyer: IFC Films
Seller: Wild Bunch

Friends With Kids (comedy)

Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
Cast: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm
Buyer: Roadside/Lionsgate
Seller: Cinetic Media/Red Granite

God Bless America (comedy)

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Cast: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr
Buyer: Magnet/Magnolia Pictures
Seller: Preferred Content

Goon (comedy)

Director: Michael Dowse
Cast: Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel
Buyer: Magnet/Magnolia Pictures
Seller: CAA/Myriad Pictures

The Incident (horror)

Director: Alexandre Courtes
Cast: Dave Legeno, Rupert Evans
Buyer: IFC Midnight
Seller: Paradigm/SND M6

Into the Abyss (documentary)

Director: Werner Herzog
Buyer: Sundance Selects/IFC Films
Seller: Creative Differences

Killer Joe (crime thriller)

Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon
Buyer: Liddell Entertainment
Seller: CAA/Voltage Entertainment

The Lady (drama)

Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Michelle Yeoh , David Thewlis
Buyer: Cohen Media Group
Seller: EuropaCorp

The Oranges (comedy/drama)

Director: Julian Farino
Cast: Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener
Buyer: ATO Pictures
Seller: CAA/FilmNation

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (comedy/drama)

Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Cast: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor
Buyer: CBS Films
Seller: UTA/LGF International

This Is Not a Film (documentary)

Directors: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Cast: Jafar Panahi
Buyer: Palisades Tartan
Seller: Wide Management

Trishna (drama)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed
Buyer: Sundance Selects/IFC
Seller: Bankside Films

Wuthering Heights (drama)

Director: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Nichola Burley
Buyer: Oscilloscope
Seller: HanWay

Your Sister's Sister (comedy)

Director: Lynne Shelton
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt
Buyer: IFC Films
Seller: UTA/Submarine

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