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Miramax captures ‘Warrior’ rights

Debut pic by Indian filmmaker Kapadia to hit North, South America

TORONTO — Miramax Films has acquired all North and South American rights to Venice Film Festival entry “The Warrior,” the debut feature by Indian filmmaker Asif Kapadia.

Company also snagged rights in Italy, Australia and China. Bertrand Faivre served as producer, with Paul Webster and Hanno Huth executive producers. FilmFour, Senator Films and British Screen co-financed. Pic will be distributed by Ocean in France, Senator in Germany, Alta Classics in Spain, Gulf Films in the Middle East and FilmFour in the U.K.

Set in feudal India from a script by Tim Miller, pic is a sweeping mythical adventure story about a lone warrior who renounces his violent role as the longtime enforcer to a local lord — only to be murderously pursued into the Himalayan mountains by the lord, who refuses to accept his departure.

“We are thrilled to have discovered such a great talent like Asif Kapadia and always appreciate the chance to work with FilmFour,” said Maeva Gatineau and Elizabeth Dreyer, Miramax veeps of acquisitions, who brought the pic into the studio.

Stuart Ford, senior veep of acquisitions and international operations, and Isabel Begg, head of business and legal affairs for Miramax U.K., negotiated the deal on behalf of Miramax. Janine Gold and Andrew Hildebrand negotiated for FilmFour.

“The Warrior” preemed at the Edinburgh Film Festival and will screen in official competition at San Sebastian later this month.

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