May 25, 2017

Sundance: “V/H/S” and “Liberal Arts” lead latest sales deals

By Sean O’Connell The Sundance sales continue, as studios snatch up hot properties in the second half of the annual film festival.

Unlike in past years, a strong number of buzzworthy titles have emerged from the 2012 Sundance fest. Even better, most of them are finding homes at supportive distributors, which means we’ll be able to see them sooner rather than later.

So, which films sold in the last 48 hours? Let’s run through the latest acquisitions:

– Mangolia Pictures grabbed the rights to the found-footage horror movie “V/H/S,” an anthology directed by six directors: Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg and Ti West. The best stories out of Sundance involved audience reactions to “V/H/S,” which included one person fainting and another vomiting. Awesome.

– Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions picked up U.S. rights to “Arbitrage,” Richard Gere’s financial drama. The film was sold for an estimated $2 million.

– Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions partnered with Samuel Goldwyn Films for the rights to “Robot and Frank.”

– And finally, IFC Films grabbed Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts,” a well-received follow up to the slight but enjoyable “happythankyoumoreplease.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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