So Far, Sundance 2023 Movie Deals: Ira Sachs Passages Are Getting Paid by MUBI

So Far, Sundance 2023 Movie Deals: Ira Sachs Passages Are Getting Paid by MUBI ...

Only a few of the over 80 films that were available during the Sundance Film Festival have found homes. Yet there is still interest in many of the most popular sales titles and others that have broken out.

This is the latest of all of the Sundance deals we're following.

Premieres Distributor: MUBI Title: "Passages" Section

MUBI, a business that specializes on art, has acquired rights to Ira Sachs' "Passages," a drama about a filmmaker (Fritz Rogowski) who cheats on his husband (Whishaw) with a woman, only to become enraged by his own new relationship.

MUBI will release "Passages" on theatrical later this year after an international premiere in the Berlin Film Festival's Panorama section next month.

Sachs' sixth feature and one of many to premiere at Sundance is "Passages," which features Sad Ben Sad ("Elle," "Bacarau") and Michel Merkt ("Toni Erdmann") as producers, and IndieWire praised the film for being "raw and resonant."

Sachs is represented by WME and Fusion Entertainment.

Premieres Distributor: Apple TV+ in "Flora and Son" Section

In a bidding war with John Carney's musical romance and comedy "Flora and Son" out of Sundance, Apple purchased the worldwide rights in a contract that an individual with knowledge claims to be in the high eight figures, with some reports estimating it to be as high as $20 million.

"Flora and Son" is about a mother in Ireland who entrusts her troubled son (Orén Kinlan) more deeply over their mutual musical passion. She receives guitar lessons from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is half a world away.

In "Flora and Son," a worldwide box office smash in 2007 won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly." Since then, filmmaker John Carney has carved out a unique path as a storyteller of small character studies, often with a musical flavor.

Apple made a splash in 2021 by buying "CODA," the Sundance audience and jury winner, for $25 million, which paid out with a Best Picture award. Last year, it acquired "Cha Cha Real Smooth," the next Audience Award winner.

The sale was co-repped by WME, Fifth Season, and Film Nation.

Searchlight, a US Dramatic Distributor, has released a title: "Theater Camp" section.

Searchlight purchased "Theater Camp" on January 23, according to a source, and it was in the high seven-figures range, according to an individual with knowledge. The film is a love letter to drama teachers and the unique tendency of theater education that anyone knows can easily go from the hilarious to the bizarre.

"Waiting for Guffman" and the parody-covers collection "Forbidden Broadway" have been influences on Gordon and Lieberman's film, which takes the form of a mockumentary.

Searchlight, which will release the film on the market at a later date, is clearly hoping for another mainstream crossover comedy success, in the vein of "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Little Miss Sunshine," which the studio steered to greatness when it was still Fox Searchlight.

The transaction was intermediated by WME Independent.

Netflix's "Fair Play" Section is distributed in the United States.

Netflix is close to purchasing global rights to "Fair Play," according to IndieWire, which has learned that the film is in the high 20 million mark. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich and "Bridgerton" actress Phoebe Dynevor, as well as Eddie Masran and Rich Sommer, who both work for a brutal and ruthless hedge fund.

According to reports, as many as seven distributors have submitted proposals for the rights to "Fair Play," including Searchlight and Neon. MRC is the studio responsible for the film and the sales.

Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman from T-Street have served as executive producers on "Fair Play," the first in a partnership between T-Street and MRC that supports emerging talent. Domont has directed episodes of "Billions," "Suits," and "Ballers."

Magnolia Distributor: Title: "Kokomo City" Section

Magnolia has been active, as following the theatrical release of "Little Richard: I Am Everything" earlier in the festival, the indie distributor staged an all-night negotiation to acquire worldwide rights to "Kokomo City," the Grammy-nominated producer and singer's directorial debut.

Smith, a trans performer well-known for "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta," directed, wrote, and edited this documentary shot in all black and white, which is now available in the NEXT section, about four Black transgender sex workers in Atlanta and New York City who struggle to break down the walls of their profession.

Magnolia will release it later this year after a screening at Berlin Panorama. CAA Media Finance brokered the deal with Magnolia.

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Section: Magnolia/CNN Films in the United States: "Little Richard: I Am Everything"

Magnolia has purchased worldwide theatrical rights to distribute "Little Richard: I Am Everything" in domestic theaters this April, and will sell the film internationally on EFM later this year. The film will continue to air on CNN later this year.

Lisa Cortés (“Precious,” “All In,” “Precious,” “All In: The Fight for Democracy”) directs this documentary about Rock Legend Little Richard, but considers his legacy in terms of Blackness and queerness, as well as his own identity as it relates to his faith and Christianity. It was produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment for CNN Films and HBO Max, in collaboration with Rolling Stone Films.

"I Am Everything" is a Day One documentary at Sundance, but it's also one of six final longform films produced by CNN Films that were directed by outside producers and filmmakers.

Netflix's Midnight Distributor: "Run Rabbit Run" Section

Hannah Kent ("The Good People") wrote the screenplay for this Midnight film by Daina Reed, well-known for "The Shining Girls" and "The Handmaid's Tale.

On Thursday, Netflix purchased worldwide rights to 'Run Rabbit Run,' which was kicking off in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Nordics, and Taiwan. XYZ Films co-financed the film, coordinated international sales, and brokered the deal with Netflix.

Amazon Prime Video for "In My Mother's Skin" Section

"In My Mother's Skin," the only Filipino film to be played in the Midnight section at Sundance, is the second feature from Kenneth Dagatan, who directed 2018's "Ma." The film stars Beauty Gonzalez, Felicity Kyle Napuli, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, James Mavie Estrella, and Angeli Bayani.

“This is a major opportunity for Filipino filmmakers to be seen by the international community, and I hope this opens the way for more Filipino content to be enjoyed by the rest of the world,” said Dagatan in a statement.

Amazon Prime Video has acquired worldwide rights to the title and plans to release "In My Mother's Skin" by the end of 2023.

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Spotlight Distributor: Music Box Films Section: "Other People's Children"

Rebecca Zlotowski's family drama "Other People's Children" was acquired by Music Box Films on Tuesday, January 10 and will be released in the United States for the first time at Sundance on January 20. The film stars Virginie Efira, Roschdy Zem, and Chiara Mastroianni, who called the film "delightfully French."

'Other People's Children' will be released this spring in theaters and on home entertainment platforms by Music Box Films.

Section: Spotlight Distributor: Utopia: "Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis)"

Anton Corbijn ("Control," "The American") returns to his roots in rock music history by telling the tales of some of the most famous album cover art ever, all of which came from Hipgnosis' art design studio. In a film that should be a breather for classic rock musicians, Corbijn interviews artists like Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, and Jimmy Page.

"Squaring the Circle" had its premiere at Telluride 2022, and will be featured in the festival's Spotlight section. Utopia, which bought the film on January 6, is planning a release this summer.

Spotlight Distributor: Oscilloscope in Title: "Joyland" Section

Malala Yousafzai and Ramin Bahrani both executive produce this film, which was the first Pakistani film to premiere at Cannes. "Joyland" is the story of a young man as a backup dancer in a Bollywood-style burlesque performance, only to fall in love with a trans woman who leads the show.

Oscilloscope acquired "Joyland" on January 6, and plans to release it theatrical later this year.

The Midnight Distributor for "My Animal": Paramount

'My Animal' is a horror film and romance starring Bobbi Salvör Menuez ("Under the Silver Lake") and Amandla Stenberg ("The Hate U Give") as two teenagers in a small town who fall for one other, only for one girl's growing desires to slowly clash with her darker animal instincts within (translation: she's a werewolf). The script was written by Jae Matthews ("The Runner."

Before the festival, Paramount Worldwide Acquisition Group purchased the worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to "My Animal," although whether the film will be theatrical, distributed on Paramount+, or on another channel remains to be seen.

Netflix Releases Title: "The Deepest Breath" Section

Laura McGann, an Irish filmmaker, directs this documentary about a world-class freediver who is preparing to set a world record with the help of an expert safety diver. The film explores not just the hidden depths of the ocean, but the deeps of the emotional bond between the two divers.

"The Deepest Breath" was created by Netflix along with A24, Motive Films, Ventureland, and RAW, the latter of which was responsible for Netflix's documentary "The Tinder Swindler."

"Past Lives"

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Premieres Distributor: A24 in Title: "Past Lives" Section

Celine Song's debut feature, "Endlings," spans three generations of bonding and missed connections. Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, and John Magar0 star in the film, which will be released after the premiere at Sundance.

Premieres Distributor for "Earth Mama" Section: A24

"Earth Mama" is a film by A24 and a first-time director that follows a pregnant single mother, with two children in foster care, who embraces her Bay Area community while she fights to reclaim her family. She even received a Grammy nomination for "This Land" for her directorial debut on Gary Clark Jr.'s "This Land."

Title: "Stephen Curry: Underrated" Section: Premieres Distributor: Apple TV+

"Underrated" is a documentary about Golden State Warriors icon Stephen Curry that explores how Curry evolved from being a low rated, undersized college student at a Division I school to a 4-time NBA champion. This documentary will be released later this year on Apple TV+ through its partnership with A24.

Title: "Infinity Pool" Section: Midnight Distributor: Neon and Topic

Brandon Cronenberg, the son of David Cronenberg, is returning to Sundance with his follow-up to "Possessor." Early buzz suggests that he does a good job. This Midnight title follows a couple on an all-inclusive vacation that uncovers a bizarre subculture of hedonistic tourism after a tragic accident.

Neon and Topic bought the rights to "Infinity Pool" and produced a haunting and strange trailer. The film will now be released on January 27.

Section: "Still: A Michael J. Fox Story": Apple TV+'s Distributor

Davis Guggenheim's first documentary feature in seven years follows "Back to the Future" icon Michael J. Fox in a film that chronicles this Canadian kid's meteoric rise to stardom and how his life was altered as a result of his Parkinson's diagnosis at the age of 29. Guggenheim's portrayal of Fox's is described in the festival's description as a playful and humorous account of an "eternal optimist" dealing with the unthinkable.

"Still" is being released by Apple TV+, which purchased the rights to it in April.

Premieres Distributor: MGM in Title: "Landscape with Invisible Hand"

Cory Finley ("Thoroughbreds," "Bad Education,") is returning to Sundance with a remake of M.T. Anderson's National Book Award winning story about two young people who have to livestream their courtship to curious alien invaders in order to make ends meet.

United Artists Releasing, a company based at MGM, is distributing the film backed by Annapurna and Brad Pitt's Plan B, which also features Tiffany Haddish, Michael Gandolfini, William Jackson Harper, and Clifton Collins Jr.

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Premieres Distributor: A24 for "You Hurt My Feelings" Section

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has reunited with Nicole Holofcener, her director of "Enough Said," for a dramedy about a successful New York novelist who is shocked and enraged when she discovers that her husband of decades has rejected her latest work. The film is distributed by A24.

Title: "Cassandro" Section: Premieres Distributor: Amazon Prime Video

Gael Garca Bernal plays a gay wrestler tired of losing and tired of hiding behind a mask during his wrestling matches and able to break barriers within the lucha libre circuit by developing an unusual "exótico" character that takes the crowds by storm. The film is being released on Amazon Prime Video.

"Judy Blume Forever" Section: Premieres Distributor: Amazon Prime Video

Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok ("Very Semi-Serious") direct this documentary about Judy Blume, one of literature's most influential children's authors. It features fans who write sincere letters to the author over the years.

The Imagine Documentaries produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are now available on Amazon Prime Video.

Section of "L'immensita": Spotlight Distributor: Music Box Films

Penélope Cruz plays a mother who develops a deeper connection with her adolescent child, who is just beginning to discover their transgender identity in a '70s period drama set in Rome, and early reviews have praised Cruz's performance and its Italian pop music soundtrack.

'L'immensita' is coming to the United States, while Warner Bros. Italy has the Italian distribution rights. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Focus Features of the Title: "A Thousand and One" Section of the US Dramatic Distributor

"A Thousand and One," a Sundance Lab alumnus, has long been anticipated. The film follows a mother from New York to shelter, kidnaps her 6-year-old son from a foster home, and attempts to start anew life. Taylor, a musician and singer, is expected to take a role in the film.

Focus Features has already set a theatrical release date for the film for March 31, 2023.

"Rye Lane"

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The Premieres Distributor for "Rye Lane": Searchlight Pictures

'Rye Lane' is a short film by Raine Allen-Miller, from the United Kingdom, that is set in the lavish Premieres section. It's a romantic comedy about two 20-somethings who meet up and savor the city of London after they each have to face difficult recent breakups. Films by Searchlight Pictures are now available.

Section: "All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt": Distributor for Dramatic Films in the United States: A24

Raven Jackson's feature directorial debut is "All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt," which manages to defy the cinematic medium in surprising poetic and lyrical ways. The film chronicles a Mississippian woman's development, loves, and tragedies from her childhood to adulthood.

A24 is bringing two films to Sundance, but this one has the backing of Barry Jenkins and his Pastel banner.

Section: "The Amazing Maurice": Children Distributor: Sky Cinema

The Amazing Maurice is based on a book of the same name and follows a street-smart cat who, along with a group of rats, devises a moneymaking scheme.

Emilia Jones, Hugh Laurie, Himesh Patel, and Gemma Arterton compose the voice cast for The Sky Original, which will be released on February 3.

Title: "The Eight Mountains" Section: Spotlight Distributor: Sideshow Releasing and Janus Films

This film stars Felix van Groeningen ("Beautiful Boy") and Charlotte Vandermeersch, both Sundance alums. It's based on a novel about a youngster from the city visiting a small mountain village during the summer.

After winning the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Sideshow Releasing and Janus Films acquired "The Eight Mountains."

Brooke Shields, the first distributor for ABC News on Hulu, has been named.

Brooke Shields, a film about a teen model and icon named after her when she was just 12, has been dubbed a moving and controversial documentary. Lana Wilson, who most recently got some intimate info from Taylor Swift for her documentary "Miss Americana," directs the film.

ABC News will air the two-part documentary on Hulu.

The section "20 Days in Mariupol" includes Frontline/PBS as the world cinema documentary distributor.

Mstyslav Chernov, a Ukrainian filmmaker and AP News video journalist who was one of the last international journalists to flee the country, provided a timely news documentary on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Some of Chernov's footage should already be familiar around the globe, and in some instances has directly refuted Russian misinformation.

"20 Days in Mariupol" is part of a larger editorial collaboration between Frontline and AP, and it will be distributed by PBS Distribution following its Sundance premiere.

Midnight Distributor: Shudder: Title: "birth/rebirth" Section

"birth/rebirth," a new take on the classic Frankenstein tale, is a story about a single mother and a physician who meet to re-animate a 6-year-old girl from the dead in a breakout role.

"birth/rebirth" is a Shudder original film that only started production in September of this year, and the horror streamer plans to release it in North America in 2023.

Premieres Distributor for "Murder in Big Horn": Showtime

Sundance will present all three episodes of this Showtime docuseries, in which each episode investigates the disappearance of an Indigenous woman or girl from a reservation in Montana's Big Horn region. Each episode is told from the perspective of the Native families and journalists who are still grieving. Razelle Benally and Matthew Galkin direct the series.

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Focus Features: Midnight Distributor: "Polite Society" Section

"Polite Society," a different kind of Midnight film, is a mix of comedy, horror, and martial arts films and is also the feature directed debut of "We Are Lady Parts" creator Nida Manzoor. The film follows an Indian girl who executes an elaborate heist in order to save her older sister from her upcoming marriage.

"Polite Society" will be released in theaters on April 28, 2023.

Netflix's "Victim/Suspect" Section is distributed by the US Documentary Distributor, according to the title.

Nancy Schwartzman directs this documentary about a journalist who is investigating many instances of women reporting sexual assault to the cops who are then accused of fabricating their stories and charged with crimes of their own.

The Center for Investigative Reporting and Netflix have partnered on this program.

HBO Documentary Distributor for "The Stroll" Section in the United States

"The Stroll" takes viewers back to New York in the 1990s and tells the story of the Meatpacking District, specifically from the perspective of transgender sex workers. Kristen Lovell, a long-time trans activist, is able to add an intimate, personal touch to the film.

Following the Sundance premiere, HBO Documentaries will broadcast the film both on HBO and on HBO Max.

Christian Blauvelt offers further insight.