Trimark tries on HandMade ‘Shoes’

Picks up domestic rights on romantic comedy for $2-3 mil

In the waning hours of the American Film Market, Trimark has picked up domestic rights to HandMade Films’ romantic comedy “The Man With Rain in his Shoes” in a deal reportedly worth $2 million-$3 million.

Directed by Maria Ripoll, the English-language pic concerns an unsuccessful young actor who gets a chance to go back in time to repair a love affair gone wrong.

The film stars Lena Headey, Douglas Henshall and Penelope Cruz (“Belle Epoque” “Open Your Eyes”). It was produced by ESICMA’s Juan Gordon.

“Shoes” is a co-production of HandMade (a subsidiary of Paragon Entertainment), CLT-Ufa, Mandarin Films and Wild Rose Prods.

Trimark, which has North American rights in all media, is tentatively planning a fall theatrical release for the pic.

“It’s a great date movie,” Price said. “There were so many happy hormones in the auditorium, I felt like I had stepped into a Reichian Orgone Box.”

Ray Price, Peter Block and Bobby Rock made the deal on behalf of Trimark. Gareth Jones and Hilary Davis negotiated for HandMade.

“Shoes” is the second acquisition expected to close at the AFM for Trimark, which currently is in negotiations to pick up Sundance preem “Dead Man’s Curve.”

HandMade also closed a deal Thursday for Australia rights to “Shoes” with New Vision.

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