‘Factotum’ snapped up

Fact: Hamer's dark laffer in Picturehouse

Picturehouse has picked up North American rights to Bent Hamer’s “Factotum,” a dark comedy starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Fisher Stevens and Marisa Tomei. Film premiered in Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

Based on Charles Bukowski’s semiautobigraphical novel, “Factotum” is the story of a writer who works in factories to support what he really wants to do: drink, gamble and consort with women of questionable character. Hamer and Jim Stark adapted the book.

Stark (“Coffee and Cigarettes”) produced with Hamer. Picturehouse plans to release pic in first quarter of next year.

“The whole ensemble leaves you smiling,” said Picturehouse prexy Bob Berney. “It’s amazing to say that about Bukowski, but it does.”

Deal was brokered on behalf of Picturehouse by Sara Rose, senior VP acquisitions, and Carolyn Blackwood, senior VP business and legal affairs for New Line Cinema. Film was repped by UTA, Celluloid Dreams and Stark.

Picturehouse is a joint venture of HBO and New Line Cinema. Outfit’s first release is Gus Van Sant’s “Last Days,” which bows July 22.

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