Directors pursued by agents at Toronto

ICM has signed director Samuel Maoz, whose drama “Lebanon” won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Maoz was one of several filmmakers who were schmoozed by agents at the Toronto Film Festival, where the film also played and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The pic is based on Maoz’s personal experience as a soldier during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982.

“Lebanon” was the first dramatic feature for Maoz, who has a track record in documentaries. ICM also signed Australian filmmaker Robert Connolly at Toronto, where his film “Balibo” screened, with Anthony LaPaglia starring.

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