IFC Midnight acquires Tribeca ‘Saint’

Santa slasher pic from director Dick Maas

Following lively business at Sundance and SXSW, three acquisitions have been made at the usually quieter Tribeca Film Festival.

IFC Midnight snagged U.S. rights to bad-Santa horror pic “Saint.” Dutch slasher flick from helmer Dick Maas follows a teen who sets out to save Amsterdam from an evil St. Nicholas. Magnolia Pictures, which like IFCreleases pics in theaters and on VOD, nabbed documentaries “Limelight” and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” last week.

The “Saint” pact was negotiated by Arianna Bocco of Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films, also repping North American rights to Tribeca films including “The Last Rites of Joe May,” “Beyond the Black Rainbow,” “Rabies” and “The Swell Season.”

Magnolia took world rights to “Limelight,” the doc by Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of Rakontur. The pic follows the rise and fall of nightclub owner Peter Gatien, whose buzzy Gotham venues in the 1990s included Limelight and Palladium.

Jen Gatien produces with Corben and Spellman. Acquisition was negotiated by Magnolia’s Tom Quinn with Spellman and Gatien.

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