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Goldwyn shows faith in McGowan’s ‘Saint’

Pact came together at Toronto Fest in September

NEW YORK — Indie banner Samuel Goldwyn Films has snapped up U.S. distribution rights to writer-helmer Michael McGowan’s comedy “Saint Ralph.”

Pact is just one of several that began to come together at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

“Ralph” stars Campbell Scott, Adam Butcher and Jennifer Tilly in the story of a Catholic schoolboy who, believing a miracle can save his mother’s life, embarks upon the supposedly impossible task of winning the Boston Marathon.

Other companies eyeing Toronto films include Lions Gate, which is looking at “Creep”; Miramax Films, “The Libertine”; Tartan Films, “Mysterious Skin”; Mad Son Films, “It’s All Gone Pete Tong”; and Sony Pictures Classics, Sally Potter’s “Yes.”

“Ralph” was produced by Seaton McLean, Andrea Mann, Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence; Peter Sussman and Marguerite Piggot exec produced. Film was made through the Alliance Atlantis and Amaze Film and Television Prod. banners.

Goldwyn is eying a spring rollout.

Andrew Hurwitz and William Morris Independent repped Alliance Atlantis in the deal. Acquisitions exec Peter Goldwyn repped the distributor.

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