IFC secures ‘Safety’ rights

Pic release planned for next summer

In a near-seven-figure deal, which comes with a significant P&A commitment, IFC Films has acquired all North American rights to writer-director Rose Troche’s “The Safety of Objects.”

Pic, which preemed at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, stars Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney. IFC plans to release it next summer. “Safety” concerns four upscale neighboring families as they struggle to make honest human relationships.

“We believe this film with its ensemble of brilliant performances has a very broad appeal,” said Bob Berney, senior veep of marketing and distribution for IFC.

“We and our co-financier Clear Blue Sky are delighted that IFC is showing such commitment to Rose’s exceptional film,” commented Renaissance co-managing director Angus Finney.

IFC won the U.S. deal against strong competition from Fine Line Features and Fox Searchlight.

Script was adapted by Troche from a book of short stories by A.M. Homes. Dorothy Berwin of InFilm Prods. and Christine Vachon of Killer Films produced. Finney and Stephen Evans of Renaissance Films exec produced, along with Jody Patton of Clear Blue Sky Prods. and Pamela Koffler of Killer Films.

Pact among Renaissance Films, Clear Blue Sky and IFC was negotiated by John Sloss of Cinetic Media. International sales are being handled by Renaissance.

IFC Films current releases include “Together,” from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson. Upcoming features include “The Business of Strangers,” starring Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles, and Alfonso Cuaron’s erotic “Y tu mama tambien” (And Your Mother Too).

U.K.-based Renaissance Films, headed by Evans and Finney, has released such pics as Kenneth Branagh’s “Henry V,” Nicholas Hytner’s “The Madness of King George” and Iain Softley’s “The Wings of the Dove.” Upcoming releases include Terry Gilliam’s “Good Omens.”

Clear Blue Sky is the independent film production company founded by investor Paul G. Allen, under the direction of prexy Patton.

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