Roadside Attractions picks up 'Goodbye Solo'

Plans to give a national rollout in the spring

L.A.-based Roadside Attractions has picked up domestic rights to Ramin Bahrani's drama "Goodbye Solo," one of a dozen international territories to land the Venice fest prizewinner at AFM.

Set in the director's hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C., "Solo" tracks the unlikely, life-changing friendship between a taciturn Southern good ol' boy (Red West) and an extroverted Senegalese taxi driver (Souleymane Sy Savane). It marks the feature debut of Savane and West, a member of Elvis Presley's fabled "Memphis Mafia."

Roadside will give the film a national platform rollout this spring. "Although his first two films ('Man Push Cart' and 'Chop Shop') firmly established Ramin as one of America's most important young filmmakers, 'Solo' is the kind of thinking-man's crowd-pleaser that's going to break him to a much wider audience," said Roadside acquisitions director Dustin Smith, who negotiated the deal with domestic rep Cinetic Media. Produced by Bahrani and Jason Orans, "Solo" won the 2008 Venice Film Festival's FIPRESCI International Critics Prize.

Memento Films International is selling the foreign rights at AFM. So far, "Solo" has sold to Axiom for the U.K., Maximum for Canada, Pierre Grise for France, Xenix for Switzerland, Cinefil for Japan, Pantheon for Portugal, Imovision for Brazil, Stadkino for Austria and Imagine for Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.