Trimark nabs righs for Dizdar’s ‘People’

Low- to mid- six figures paid for political comedy

HOLLYWOOD — Trimark Pictures has acquired all domestic rights to first time writer-director Jasmin Dizdar’s political comedy “Beautiful People,” which premiered last week in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, for a low- to mid-six figures.

The pic, set in London circa 1993, focuses on a motley collection of characters including a refugee, an obstetrican, a medical student, a BBC reporter and a Welsh guerrilla, all struggling with life’s vagaries.

The ensemble cast includes Charlotte Coleman (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”), Charles Kay (“Henry”), Rosalind Ayres (“Gods and Monsters”), Heather Tobias (“High Hopes”), Danny Nussbaum (“TwentyFourSeven”) and Gilbert Martin (“Rob Roy”).

Trimark Exec VP Peter Block and senior VP Dennis O’Connor represented the company in the deal; Wouter Barendecht and Michael J. Werner negotiated on behalf of Fortissimo Film Sales.

While at Cannes, Fortissimo also closed distribution deals for “Beautiful” in several territories including the U.K., Australia, France and Germany.

The film was produced by Ben Wollford and exec produced by Roger Shannon and Ben Gibson (“Love is the Devil”).