'Stiletto,' 'Guitar' pick U.S. distribution pacts


In a market doubleheader, First Look Studios has nabbed North American rights to Nick Vallelonga's thriller "Stiletto," while distributor Lightning Media has picked up U.S. rights to Amy Redford's Sundance premiere "The Guitar."

"Stiletto," acquired in Cannes from Strategic Film Partners, centers on a female assassin (Stana Katic) for a crime syndicate. Tom Berenger, Michael Biehn and Tom Sizemore also star.

"Guitar," the directorial debut of Robert Redford's daughter Amy, was picked up in Cannes from Cinetic Media. The drama stars Saffron Burrows as a dying woman who undergoes a spiritual transformation. A winter release is scheduled for the film. (partialdiff)