Nichols’ pic takes ‘Shelter’ in France

FilmNation will shop pic in areas not covered by Sony Pictures Classics

Sundance title “Take Shelter” is on its way across the world with an early sale to Ad Vitam for France.

Penned and helmed by Jeff Nichols, “Take Shelter” co-stars Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon and Kathy Baker.

Tyler Davidson and Sophia Lin are producing with Sarah Green, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Greg and Colin Strause of visual-effects house Hydraulx exec producing.

The Michael Shannon starrer will be sold by Glen Basner’s FilmNation for all territories excluding North and Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, where the pic went to Sony Pictures Classics before its Park City preem.

The film centers on a small-town Ohio man who, after having startling dreams, channels his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard.

FilmNation will begin shopping the project at Cannes in May.

Basner’s company has been busy at Berlin — it secured one of the biggest deals of the fest so far, selling Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth starrer “Gambit” to Alliance Films for Canada, Blighty (via Momentum) and Spain (via Aurum).

It also closed a raft of deals on “Midnight’s Children,” an adaptation of the Salman Rushdie tome, including Blighty (eOne) and Gaul (Metropolitan).

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