Tribeca takes U.S. rights to ‘Stella Days’

O'Sullivan's Ireland-set pic stars Martin Sheen

PARIS — Tribeca Films has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to Irish helmer Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s “Stella Days,” starring Martin Sheen, from Paris-based Films Distribution.

Set in the 1950s in a small Irish town, “Stella Days” follows a charismatic priest whose desire to open a movie theater in his village clashes with the conservatism of some locals.

Trystan Gravelle and Marcella Plunkett co-star.

Produced by New Grange Pictures, pic is O’Sullivan’s bigscreen comeback. The helmer-scribe has been working in TV, notably directing drama series “Single Handed,” which airs on U.K. commercial web ITV.

Films Distribution has also sold “Stella Days” to Mongrel for Canada and Aztec Intl. for Australia.

“Stella Days” is set to bow at the Dublin Film Festival. Eclipse Film will distribute it in Ireland on March 9.

In the run up to the Berlin Film Festival, Films Distribution has added Canadian helmer Kim Nguyen’s “War Witch” to its slate. Pic will play in competition at Berlin. Canada’s Item 7 is producing.

Taking place in sub-Saharan Africa, “War Witch” depicts the struggle of a young girl who is kidnapped by rebel troops to serve as a child soldier.

Films Distribution’s roster includes two Oscar-nommed titles: Philippe Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar” and 2D French toon “A Cat in Paris,” directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol.

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