Gets N. American rights to prized Nossiter pic

NEW YORK — Indie distributor Cinepix Film Properties has acquired all North American rights to Jonathan Nossiter’s “Sunday,” winner of the grand jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film, which was written by James Lasdun and Nossiter, also nabbed the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance.

A gritty tale about a love affair between an unemployed actress and a homeless man she mistakes for a famous director, “Sunday” stars David Suchet (“Poirot”), Lisa Harrow (“Last Days of Chez Nous”) and Jared Harris (“I Shot Andy Warhol”).

Produced by Nossiter and Alix Madigan, pic was shot in a working-class neighborhood in the Queens area of Gotham. It recently was selected for the New Directors/New Films series at the Museum of Modern Art, which runs Friday to April 6 in the Big Apple.

“Everyone who worked on the film is overjoyed that a company as innovative and passionate as Cinepix Film Properties will take this film to the marketplace and we believe that Cinepix will do it with the same energy and commitment with which the film was made,” Nossiter said.

Award-winning films that CFP has released include “Heavy,” “Cyclo” and “Flirt.” It recently scored with Greg Mottola’s “The Daytrippers.” The company’s 1997 slate includes Angela Pope’s “Hollow Reed” and Peter Greenaway’s “The Pillow Book.”

“The acquisition of a highly regarded film such as ‘Sunday’ further illustrates CFP’s commitment to bringing intelligent, high-caliber independent films into theaters,” said Adam Rogers, CFP vice president of U.S. distribution.

The deal was negotiated by Rogers and Jed Alpert of New York law firm Rudolph & Beer.

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