Phaedra nabs ‘Soul’

Distrib to handle U.S. rights of dark satire

Arthouse distributor Phaedra Cinema has picked up U.S. rights to “A Little Bit of Soul” starring Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush and Francis O’Connor.

At the same time the company announced its acquisition of three additional films: Chris Chan Lee’s “Yellow,” director Geoffrey Wright’s “Metal Skin” and the French drama “La Separation.”

“Soul” is a dark satire about a young doctor and his wife whose tidy lives go up in flames when they strike a Mephistophelian bargain. Pic is helmed by Peter Duncan, whose “Children of the Revolution” — which starred Rush, Sam Neil and Judy Davis — was distribbed by Miramax last year.

Phaedra topper Gregory Hatanaka made the deal with Beyond Film’s Roseann Fruth. “Soul” will be released theatrically this summer; Columbia TriStar handles international distribution.

Phaedra will release Lee’s “Yellow” in May. The film, about the misadventures of a group of Asian-Americans over the course of a single evening, debuted last year at the L.A. Independent Film Festival.

The company also picked up “Metal Skin,” an action thriller by “Romper Stomper” helmer Wright. Acquired from Australian sales company Southern Star, the pic stars Tara Morice (“Strictly Ballroom”) and Aden Young (“Hotel de Love”).

A fall release is in the works for “La Separation,” starring Isabelle Huppert and Daniel Auteuil as a couple ensconced in a devastating relationship. Christian Vincent (“La Discrete”) directed; Claude Berry’s Renn Productions produced.

Phaedra’s current releases include the Japanese thriller “Gonin” and “A Woman Called Sada Abe.”