Spottiswoode pic screens in Toronto

LONDON — London-based sales company Bankside Films has acquired worldwide sales rights, excluding North America, to Roger Spottiswoode’s Rwandan drama “Shake Hands With the Devil,” which will world premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival.

Pic, which is produced by Michael Donovan and Laszlo Barna, is the big screen adaptation of Peter Raymont’s docu about Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire’s harrowing personal account of the failed U.N. mission in Rwanda.

Seville Pictures will release the pic in Canada in October.

Bankside also reps worldwide sales rights, excluding North America, to Carl Bessai’s “Normal,” which is world preeming in the Contemporary World Cinema section of Toronto.

Bankside also announced deals for Andrew Lancaster’s Geena Davis starring black comedy “Accidents Happen,” Bille August’s WWI-set love triangle drama “Burden of Desire” and Rupert Glasson’s psychological thriller “Seed.” Pics are all in pre-production.

“They are straight pick-ups,” said Stephen Kelliher, Bankside director of sales and marketing, adding that his company are not providing funding.

Hilary Davis and Kelliher left Beyond Films to launch Bankside alongside Phil Hunt of Head Gear Films in January.

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