Goldwyn sews deal for ‘Suture’

The Samuel Goldwyn Company has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Europe, to “Suture,” one of the films that made news at this year’s Telluride and Toronto film festivals.

Produced, written and directed by first-time filmmakersScott McGehee and David Siegel, the film stars Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono, Michael Harris and Dina Merrill.

It is exec produced by Steven Soderbergh (“Sex, Lies and Videotape,””King of the Hill”).

“We liked it because it’s a film that defies easy categorization,” said Tom Rothman, Goldwyn’s prexy of worldwide production. “It’s part thriller, part psychological thriller, part character study, part comedy. We believe it breaks a lot of ground. The American independent film scene has not produced a lot of very original stuff in recent times, but this picture is not derivative of anything.”

Indeed, the film polarized critics and industryites at Toronto, with some viewers praising the film’s audacity and others dismissing the film outright. Shot in black and white, it’s a story of amnesia and mistaken identity with a twist.

Rothman said one of the goals of the Goldwyn company has been to find new directors and help them make the breakthrough. “We have handled the breakthrough films of Jim Jarmusch, Matty Rich, Robert Townsend, Mira Nair, David Lynch, Luc Besson, Ken Branagh and many other signature directors,” he said. “You can now add Scott McGehee and David Siegel to that list.”

The film is skedded for a platform release in spring 1994.

Pic is a Kino-Korsakoff production. In addition to Soderbergh, Michele Halberstadt also exec produces. The co-producers are Alison Brantley, Laura Groppe and Buddy Enright.