Deals include 'Dark Horse,' 'Cheerful Weather for the Wedding'
LONDON — Fresh out of Cannes, Goldcrest Films Intl. has secured a raft of international sales on Todd Solondz’s “Dark Horse,” Donald Rice’s “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding” and Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader.”“Dark Horse” has been snapped up by Wild Bunch for Benelux, Lusomundo for Portugal, Cien Filmes for Mexico and Vinny Films for Brazil. Going into Cannes, pic had already been sold in Scandinavia (Svensk), Australia/New Zealand (Village Roadshow) and the Middle East (Prime Pictures). Solondz (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”) penned and helmed the pic, which toplines Jordan Gelber (“The Taking of Pelham 123”), Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Justin Bartha and Christopher Walken. Ted Hope produces while Derrick Tseng co-produces the pic, which follows the story of a thirty something man who lives with his parents and collects toys and a woman who has moved back in with her parents after her literary career has failed. Out of desperation, the two agree to marry. “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding” has been snapped up by Vinny Films for Brazil and Prime Pictures for the Middle East. Pic stars Elizabeth McGovern, Felicity Jones and Luke Treadaway and is produced by Teun Hilte. Story sees a young bride’s wedding day disturbed by the uninvited appearance of her lover from a previous summer. Lusomundo also took Portuguese rights to Dana Lustig’s psychological thriller “A Thousand Kisses Deep,” toplining Dougray Scott, Jodie Whittaker and Emilia Fox. Ofir Kedar produces. In other deals, Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader,” which is on release domestically via National Geographic, was acquired by Gitano Films (Chile), Vinny Films (Brazil) and Cine, Video y TV (Mexico). India’s Pictureworks snapped up Sarah McCarthy’s feature docu “The Sound of Mumbai” and BSkyB has taken Guy Pierce starrer “I Am You.”