Tom McCarthy drama acquired in Toronto

“The Visitor,” Tom McCarthy’s beguiling but bedeviling drama about immigration and midlife loss, has found a distributor. In the wee small hours Tuesday, word came from one of the point people on the film that Overture Films had prevailed in spirited bidding that kicked off not long after the pic’s Friday preem.

Details were still emerging and a formal announcement was expected later Tuesday, but the pickup reps an artier turn for the Liberty Media-owned distrib. Overture had recently made headlines by grabbing genre fare like the Robert De Niro-Al Pacino cop thriller “Righteous Kill.”

“The Visitor,” a low-key, warm-hearted drama, reps a marketing challenge but also a plum buy (depending on the price, of course) given its status as the best-received pic without distribution in Toronto.

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