Toronto title 'In Bloom' blossoms overseas


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TORONTO -- 2929 International has planted Vadim Perelman's hot Toronto fest acquisition title "In Bloom" in 15 territories worldwide.

The director's follow-up to "House of Sand and Fog" follows the survivor of a Columbine High School-style rampage (Uma Thurman) near the 15th anniversary of the shooting. The story jumps between her present day torment and her experiences with a friend during the event. Evan Rachel Wood plays the young Thurman and Eva Amurri plays her high school friend.

The film was presold to Benelux (MS Trading/Paradiso), Canada (TVA Films), Eastern Europe (MGN/Paradise), Israel (United King), France (Metropolitan), Greece (Odeon), Indonesia (PT Amero), Italy (Media Film), Japan (Desperado), Korea (Pan Cinema), Middle East (ECS), Portugal (Lusomundo), Spain (Manga), Thailand (Jbic), and Turkey (Aqua Group).

Cinetic Media and CAA are handling domestic sales. In an odd bit of synergy, CAA agent Bart Walker announced he was leaving CAA on Thursday to become a partner in Cinetic, which is launching a new Cinetic Management division, Other territories still to be sold are Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom and Latin America.

The film was produced by Perelman, Aimee Peyronnet and Anthony Katagas, executive produced by 2929's Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban and Marc Butan, and co-produced by Chase Bailey, Couper Samuelson, Mike Upton and Ian McGloin.

2929 International head Shebnem Askin oversaw the foreign territory sales.

"In Bloom" has its world premiere on Saturday at the Toronto fest.