Goldwyn and Pathe pact on pic sales

'Darkest Light,' 'Ratcatcher' first pix to be sold under new deal

LONDON — Goldwyn Films, the London-based specialized arm of MGM, has signed a deal to handle international sales for selected films from Pathe Pictures, the U.K. lottery franchise.

The first two Pathe pics to be sold by Goldwyn are “The Darkest Light,” directed by Simon Beaufoy and Billie Eltringham, and the provisionally titled “Ratcatcher,” directed by Lynne Ramsay.

Both films are in production, budgeted at around $3.5 million apiece.

“The Darkest Light,” written by “The Full Monty” scribe Beaufoy, is a somber tale about a young girl in a farming community who believes she has seen a vision that will save her dying brother. Kerry Fox and Stephen Dillane star as the girl’s parents.

“Ratcatcher” is the feature debut for Ramsay, who has twice won the Cannes jury prize for her shorts. The film is a comic tale of a young boy and his first steps on the path of love.

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