Weinsteins make their 'Inside' move


The Weinstein Co. were first out of the gate in Berlin, acquiring French thriller "Inside" from Celluloid Dreams in the first major domestic acquisition of this year's European Film Market.

The Weinstein Co. picked up rights for all English-speaking territories for "Inside," directed by first-timers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury.

The feature, which stars Beatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis and Nathalie Roussel is the story of a pregnant woman who loses her boyfriend in a car crash. She is then haunted by a mysterious, and violent, woman.

The Weinstein's grabbed "Inside" Saturday night in Berlin.

Weinstein Co. acquisitions executives Maeva Gatineau and Michelle Krumm negotiated the deal with Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie of Celluloid Dreams.

"We are thrilled to be in business again with Celluloid and such a talented team of filmmakers," Krumm said.

Maury and Bustillo said the Weinsteins were ideal for the film because they are "true believers in the genre and we are real fans of the horror films they have produced -- we couldn't be in better company."

Celluloid is coming off a red-hot Sundance, where the company inked some of that festival's biggest deals, selling comedy "Son of Rambow" to Paramount Vantage for $7 million and step-dancing picture "How She Move" to Vantage and MTV Films for $3 million.

Weinstein Co., which picked up several titles, including "Grace is Gone," "Teeth" and "La Misma Luna" in Sundance, had been quiet so far in Berlin but the "Inside" deal could be the start of a rush of deals as acquisition executives hurry to sign before heading home early this week.