Sundance selects ‘Planet’

Distributor picks up film after NYFF slot

Sundance Selects has fallen into orbit around “The Loneliest Planet,” nabbing North American rights to the Gael Garcia Bernal starrer from filmmaker Julia Loktev.

Pic, which had its world preem at the Locarno Film Festival and also had a slot at Toronto, also screened at the New York Film Festival. Story centers on a couple, played by Bernal and Hani Furstenberg, whose relationship is strained during a suddenly dangerous backpacking trip in the Caucasus mountains.

IFC Films, a sister division of Sundance Selects, previously released Loktev’s narrative feature bow, “Day Night Day Night.” Distribution pact for “Loneliest Planet” was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Jeff Deutchman of Sundance Selects with Cinetic Media’s Dana O’Keefe.

Millennium takes ‘Intruders

Millennium Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s “Intruders” and will release the thriler in April.

“Intruders” had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and also screened at the San Sebastian festival.

“Intruders” stars Clive Owen, Carice Van Houten, Daniel Bruhl, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Ella Purnell and Izan Corchero, from a screenplay by Nicolas Casariego and Jaime Marques. “Intruders” centers on two children living in different countries who are visited each night by a faceless intruder, a terrifying being who wants to take possession of them.

Vincent Scordino negotiated the deal on behalf of Millennium with Rich Klubeck and David Flynn of the UTA Independent Film Group representing production.

SPC in tune with ‘Journeys’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Latin America, to Jonathan Demme’s concert film “Neil Young’s Journeys.”

Deal with Shakey Pictures and Clinica Estetico was announced Tuesday. Demme and Elliot Rabinowitz produced the film, with Declan Quinn who served as director of photography. Executive producers are Marc Benioff and Bernard Shakey.

“Journeys” premiered last month in Toronto. It’s the second TIFF titled acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, which also recently bought domestic rights to the romantic comedy “Hysteria.”

The footage was shot in May at Toronto’s Massey Hall, where Young played the last two nights of his solo world tour. SPC negotiated the deal with Young’s longtime manager, Elliot Roberts. Demme is represented by WME.

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