Sundance Selects nabs 'Tess' update rights

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna,” starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed.

Deal was announced Thursday at the Toronto Film Festival, where the pic’s been screening.

“Trishna,” produced by Winterbottom and Melissa Parmenter, is an updated version of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” set in modern-day India as societal differences doom the romance between the protagonists. Pinto portrays the eldest daughter of a poor rural family who accepts the invitation of a handsome stranger to work for a fancy tourist hotel owned by his benevolent father.

Bankside Films is handling international sales.

Bankside Films and UK Film Council financed “Trishna” in conjunction with VTR Media Investments, Bob Film Sweden and Film I Vast with the support of the Swedish Film Institute.

Foreign rights have already been sold to A Film (Benelux), Madman (Australia and New Zealand), Bac Films (France), Shooting Stars (Middle East), and Video Vision (South Africa).

IFC noted that “Trishna” marks its fourth collaboration with Winterbottom and fifth with Revolution Films with previous titles including “Red Riding Trilogy,” “The Shock Doctrine,” “The Killer Inside Me” and “The Trip.”

The deal for “Trishna” was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects with Stephen Kelliher, Head of Sales & Acquisitions for Bankside Films, on behalf of the filmmakers.

Sundance Selects is a sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks.

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